“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
It is so easy for us to judge people. We always tend to see faults in others but neglect or fail to see our own. We look at someone and wonder why he or she is dressed inappropriately for church when we should ask ourselves why we are not happy that the person is there worshipping God. We wonder how person could cheat on his or her spouse yet we cheat God in our tithes and offerings. We cringe when someone swears yet we take God’s name in vain. We criticize the way others do things yet we don’t lift a finger to help them. We criticize the way some parents raise their children yet we don’t spend much time with ours. We wonder how people don’t know about God or read their Bibles yet we don’t take the time to share stories of how God has helped us or go through the scriptures with them.
Instead of judging, criticizing and pointing fingers, we should take a long hard look at ourselves first and ask God to help us to shake off these bad habits and mould us into the people He desires us to be.