Day 23: Dare To Quit Being Critical Of Others

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Jesus is the epitome of compassionate, loving and kindness…He is always looking for the best in people. He was quick to love, kind in correction, strong in conviction and humble in his dealings with people.

Many times, in our dealings with people, we can be critical, we don’t understand their decisions, their choices…we can get frustrated to the point of pointing fingers in judgement.

What would happen if we just laid down  the stones? The teachers of the Law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus ” Teacher this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the law Moses commanded us to stone such woman. Now what do you say? They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her”

Its familiar, yet  many times we don’t apply it to our own lives…The sinless one among you, go throw the first stone. Well I know I am certainly not sinless, but I have certainly thrown some stones in my lifetime! The throws may have taken place in my mind, but the judgements were still harsh. When we judge others, we are walking further away from living like Jesus and drawing closer to doing things our way

Here are other verses to ponder   Matthew 7:1, Romans 14:13, 1 Corinthians 13:5

Our critical nature, comes from our own insecurity or the need to control other people. But since it comes from our hearts, it is not innocent. When we are critical, we are not a reflection of Christ.. If Christ is living in us, we must view people as Christ does. A critical spirit can keep us stuck. When we are filled with the negative, there is not much room for the positive.

So how do we go about laying down the stones?

Love from the center of who you are! Run from evil, hold onto good. Bless your enemies, no cursing under your breath. Get along with each other. Don’t hit back physically or mentally!

Today’s Dare: Identify the last time you threw stones at someone. Ask God to forgive you. Look for the good in people and begin to acknowledge it. Ask God to show you each time you begin to judge someone. Stop and just say no to the stones of judgement. Put a rock on stone in a prominent place to remind you not to throw stones at folks!

Prayer: Lord, my human flesh can be so strong…my throw stoning arm is too well developed. Help me Jesus. Take truth to the very core of me and change me!

Now thank God for working the change in you at this moment!

Stephanie

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