“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log 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 brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5
Pride often wells up within us and compels us to judge others to make us feel better than them. Pride is a deadly sin that leads to self-righteousness. God hates that. Take note of who Jesus most often corrected and became angry with. It was the prideful religious leaders, not the humble sinners who asked him for mercy.
The next time you feel compelled to judge and criticize others, take a look in the mirror and into your own soul. There’s plenty to fix in there. Focus on yourself and your own walk with the Lord. Jesus can take care of the person you feel you need to fix. Let’s walk in humility and kindness today and love our neighbor as ourself for the glory of Jesus.