I ADMIT THAT I STRUGGLE WITH JUDGING OTHERS, TAKING A MAGNIFYING GLASS TO THEIR SPECK WHILE A HUGE LOG SKEWS MY OWN VISION.

I think back to my life before my Detour Into Deception. I don’t remember being a very judgmental person, but we don’t always remember things accurately.

I drive by a house with garbage bags of trash lining the porch, the lawn is scraggly and weeds are everywhere.  I shake my head in disgust.

But it isn’t long before that still, small voice invades my heart…

How is their mess any worse than yours?

Carefully concealing it behind doors or drawers, you may not leave yours out for all to see, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

So you hide your mess better than they do.

Ouch.

What a hypocrite I can be. Judging other’s sin as worse than my own, and feeling pretty smug about it.

And then that finger of conviction guides my view back to myself instead of towards another.

Compassion floods my heart, washing away the judgment that had set up camp. And I weep over my sinful attitude of judging another and minimizing my own sin.

Hmmmmm.

My scripture reading for the day was fitting…

People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy. Proverbs 28:13

Oh Lord, have mercy on me, for my sins are many. Break my heart over what breaks Yours. And give me a heart of compassion and love.

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