It's during these moments that I think of myself as perfect and everyone should lift their game to get up to my standards.
Reference: v.7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” (NIV Bible)
Explore: Sometimes I forget that I'm not perfect! This lapse of reality comes upon me particularly when I am driving my car. When I am out on the road I become super critical of other people's driving abilities. I can't stand it when people don't use their indicators; I get frustrated when people drive below the speed limit; and I can't stand drivers who don't know how to merge into roundabouts. Whenever I am driving and I come across one of these traffic offenders I sigh out loud, wave my hands across the dash board and sarcastically think, "Clearly the indicator is too far away from you… being located directly under your right hand!" It's during these moments that I think of myself as perfect and everyone should lift their game to get up to my standards. However, it doesn't take long until I show my own imperfections… this usually comes at the exact moment when I'm required to parallel park! It's at the point that I realise that I'm not perfect either. While I may always use my indicator I have some significant driving flaws of my own.
Application: Many of us would not confess that we are perfect, but whenever we judge someone else we are putting ourselves above them. If I look down on someone because of what they say, how they dress or what they do then I am automatically thinking that I am better than they are. This is not a new flaw of humanity. Jesus found that many people were judgemental of others when He walked this earth. A great example of this is the story of the woman caught in adultery who is thrown before Jesus to be stoned. We may not be out to kill someone because of their behaviour but if we judge them in our minds that is just as bad. You are more than welcome to judge other people… but only if you are perfect yourself!
Prayer: Lord, it is so easy to compare ourselves with other people. We can never fully understand where they are coming from, and yet we judge them anyway. May we see people with Your eyes and aim to build them up rather than tear them down. Amen.
Listen out for your thoughts today. How many times do you judge those around you?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.