I may be mistaken, but I believe I am not alone. In fact, I believe someone reading this article right now is getting convicted of the exact same tragedy. Why is this a tragedy? I cannot even fathom how much damage I have caused the other person with this kind of attitude. Nor can I imagine how much I have missed out on by walking in such darkness of my own. Most of all, I am not sure I will ever know how much opportunity I missed in unconditionally loving and helping the other person by walking around with such a high and mighty attitude.
God humbled me beyond measure today when He convicted me of pridefully, arrogantly, and wrongfully determining for nearly a decade that a loved one’s sin was worse than my own. I immediately repented, but remain astonished that I could for so long believe such a lie about my sin versus another’s. I knew I had judged this person. In fact, I had sought forgiveness numerous times over recent years for my sins of judgment and condemnation. But I had not until today realized in the depths of my heart that I truly believed all the mistakes I have made were nothing compared with the mistakes of this other person.
Can you imagine my audacity in not only playing judge, but also in being so prideful and so self-righteous that I would actually put a greater judgment on another’s sin?
Tragedy aside, I am blessed beyond words by the Lord’s mercy that He would not merely forgive me with my confession of wrongdoing. I am humbled by His grace in giving me opportunity after opportunity to get it right. Yes, God is giving me another chance. Not only is He allowing me to look at this person through the eyes of love instead of the thick, darkened glasses of sin, but He is teaching me in my daily walk with Him to do right what I did wrong – not just with this one person, but with all the people I come across.
I cannot possibly make up for what I have done wrong. In fact, God does not require this of me. Because of His grace, I don’t have to undo what I did. But when I can do, through my faith in Jesus and the power of God’s Holy Spirit, is I can walk forward with a purified heart, a new attitude, new eyes, and opportunities to walk in His love and mercy where I so often did not.
1 “Judge not, that you be not judged.
2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?
5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7: 1-5 NKJV
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