Fresh Hope – 3rd February 2017

How easy it is to judge other people by their actions, but only judge ourselves by our intentions.

Have you ever noticed that those who are set in their ways are obstinate, but when you are, you are just standing your ground?

When they don’t like someone, they’re prejudiced, but when you don’t, it’s good judgement.

When they treat someone extra well, they’re buttering them up, but when you do, you’re just being thoughtful.

When they take time to do things well, they’re slow or lazy, but when you do, you’re meticulous.

When they find fault with someone, they’re judgemental, but when you do, you’re being perceptive.

When they are gentle, they’re weak, but when you are, you’re gracious.

When they dress well, they’re extravagant, but when you do, you’re being tasteful.

When they say what they think,  they’re spiteful, but when you do, you’re just being honest.

When they take risks, they’re reckless, but when you do, you’re just being brave.

The next time you feel like justifying yourself whilst judging others, make sure that you take a long hard look in the mirror first and ask: what is the purpose of my comments – to take someone else down or to build them up?

Matthew 7:1-5 ‘Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way as you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. ‘Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Pastor Mark

A daily devotion for a better way of living.