Our society seems to be built upon the judgment of others. We constantly criticize others while only acknowledging in concept that we are just as much a sinner. We condemn people with no provocation, and hold endless grudges. We think that us, and only us, have the moral fortitude to pass judgment.
When I stop to think of my sins, I quickly feel the weight of the world on my shoulders. I wonder if God could ever forgive me. Relief is brought through the memory that through Christ, we have that blessed assurance.
I have so many sins of my own, that to concern myself with someone else’s is counterproductive. My life goal is to examine myself closely and find all the corners which are infested with sin and wipe them clean.
When I do succumb to finding the speck in someone else’s eye, I strive to remember that no matter the judgments I make, I (luckily) do not have the final say. In the end, I believe in God whose forgiveness is so great that when I get to heaven, I’m going to say to someone, “I can’t believe you’re here!” God’s forgiveness is so wide, it includes my worst enemy. In that belief, my forgiveness is assured.
Forgiving God, help me to live a life where I never forget that You alone have the right to judge. Help me to root out the sins in my life so that when others look at my deeds, they only see Christ. Amen.