By Priscilla Greundler
“Do not judge and criticize and condemn [others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous superiority as though assuming the office of a judge], so that you will not be judged [unfairly]. For just as you [hypocritically] judge others [when you are sinful and unrepentant], so will you be judged; and in accordance with your standard of measure [used to pass out judgment], judgment will be measured to you. Why do you look at the [insignificant] speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice and acknowledge the [egregious] log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me get the speck out of your eye,’ when there is a log in your own eye? You hypocrite (play-actor, pretender), first get the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
God is full of compassion, grace, and mercy. On one particular day, I had none of His characteristics in me. I heard about a person whose daughter, for many years, has struggled with an addiction. I was quick to reply, “What? After all these years her daughter is doing what?” Holy Spirit said to me, “What are you saying about My child. Repent! Repent!”
“If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just [true to His own nature and promises], and will forgive our sins and cleanse us continually from all unrighteousness [our wrongdoing, everything not in conformity with His will and purpose].”
1 John 1:9 (AMP)
A few days after that, a close family member of mine had to be rushed to the hospital because of their alcohol abuse. And this person got out of the hospital and the very next day, 911 had to be called again. I had become very insensitive to something like this happening, even though I knew the pain the mother of the daughter was in. She felt like, “This is happening again!”
Her daughter had been doing so good just as my family member was doing good. Her daughter had been clean for a whole year and was now going to move into her own apartment with her children. The enemy gets in us and out of the wounds in our soul, we speak. I was passing judgement in my flesh – in my limited carnal knowledge. God judges a person, and his judgment flows out of Omniscience. That’s why it’s perfect when God judges us.
“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
I am to be compassionate. As Jesus is toward me, I should be towards those who are struggling, no matter how many years they are in an addiction.
Can you relate to this account? Remember, any time we find ourselves looking at the spot in someone else’s eye or not showing compassion for them, but talking about or speaking accusation against someone, we should be quick to repent.
Comment below about a time you had a heart issue and needed to repent before the Lord to be healed, we would love to hear from you!