ENGAGING THE PRACTICAL TIP
This week we stepped into a familiar passage from Matthew 7:
Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.
We were invited to consider that the judging considered here may have more to do with assuming we know the hidden motives of others, or can see clearly to the heart of things while others cannot. This week, take some time in prayer to ask for the guidance and clarity to see a situation in which you have been judgmental in this way. When an example comes to mind, envision a large plank of wood placed between you and the person or people you have judged. Consider the physical distance this creates as well as the barrier to relationship that now exists. Now pray for the compassion and imagination necessary to consider that you may not have understood the situation as clearly as you believed. Ask for the Holy Spirit’s aid in letting go of your posture of judgment so that you can engage them with the love and mercy that Jesus extends to each of us.
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