Judging Ourselves and Others


We, who have traveled this dubious path, beg you to lay aside prejudice, even against organized religion. We have learned that whatever the human frailties of various faiths may be, those faiths have given purpose and direction to millions. People of faith have a logical idea of what life is all about. Actually, we used to have no reasonable conception whatever. We used to amuse ourselves by cynically dissecting spiritual beliefs and practices when we might have observed that many spiritually-minded persons of all races, colors, and creeds were demonstrating a degree of stability, happiness and usefulness which we should have sought ourselves. Instead, we looked at the human defects of these people, and sometimes used their shortcomings as a basis of wholesale condemnation. We talked of intolerance, while we were intolerant ourselves. We missed the reality and the beauty of the forest because we were diverted by the ugliness of some its trees. We never gave the spiritual side of life a fair hearing.  Alcoholics Anonymous pg 49

 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?  Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.  Matthew 7:3-5 NLT

 Father God I thank you for the plan you have for my life.  I ask you to forgive me for any hard feelings or judgments that I have against anyone.  I pray Father that you would show me those things that I need to change in myself so that I can be of better use to you.  I thank you for the plan that you have for their lives.  Help me to see them through your eyes knowing that you look not on our outward appearance but on our hearts.  Show me how to walk in love with everyone in my path today and how I can be helpful to them.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

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