A friend checking my voluntary cleaning at a Bible Retreat left me miffed. Then the Lord pointed out that I’m doing the same nitpicking about someone else’s spiritual progress.
Thank You Father, for Your gentle ways, how I should remember what You’re trying to teach me before I react. How other people are mirrors to us.
Help us to build up and edify our brothers and sisters, not just nitpick. Help us to take the ‘log’ out of our eyes first, before attempting to remove a ‘splinter’ in their eyes. And help us to see the humor in situations like You do. In Jesus’ name, amen.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
“Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” Jesus in Matt 7:5 (KJV)