Devotion for Friday, May 10, 2024

“Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3)

Have you ever noticed how critical people are?  How about politics?  Folk there are downright nasty.  Why, if you believe what they say, does it narrow down to a choice of two sinful folk to choose from?  This is the world, but it is not to be so with those who follow Christ.  Everyone has a story.  Everyone needs the love of Christ.  We are not to see others as sinners alone, but as those whom Jesus died for.

Lord, You know where I do not see others as I ought.  I am guilty of making their faults larger than mine.  Lead me so that I have compassion, no matter another’s fault and see others as You see them.  Rather than being harsh and judgmental, help me to be merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in love for others as You have love and compassion for others.  Help me to see more clearly.

Lord, You know I have issues.  Guide me on an inward journey today so that I meditate upon the logs in my own eyes.  Give me a spiritual axe to chop up the logs and be rid of those things which cause me to see with sinful eyes.  Then heal me and grant me eyes that see with love.  You know all that I need Lord.  Help me to grow in Your image today by seeing things that I need to see differently.  Amen.