Pet peeve #684-people who don’t follow this advice-when you point the finger at someone else, don’t ignore the four pointed at yourself. I KNOW, right? CHRISTians are the biggest offenders despite the fact that Jesus addressed it harshly in Matthew 7:5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.
SPOILER ALERT: Unless you’re in the mood for the TIME OUT CHAIR don’t read any further because that’s where I’m mulling this one over! Whenever I read this verse, it seems like my brain automatically begins composing a lengthy list of the self appointed judges who annoy the heck out of me..but that’s not how it turned out as I reread a book by Lisa Bevere on anger. GOD added a surprising name to my list. Lisa Ann Cribb Morgan.
Lisa Bevere Be Angry but Don’t Blow It: Judging is an attempt to absolve ourselves of guilt.
I’m the girl who feels guilty about everything. I apologize for things that I’m not involved with but when I am involved, admitting that I’m wrong is hard-ask my Chipper about that. It’s so stupid because I admire people who own up to fault. Don’t misunderstand-I will apologize when I’ve wronged someone but it takes a conscious effort especially if that person initiated the conflict between us. My internal voice responds in self defense fashion- How dare they say that to me. I don’t have to explain myself to anyone but GOD. You do the same thing more than you want to admit; play the blame game.
Here’s the trouble that I ran into as I read the chapter on judging others. How often do I SILENTLY judge another person as a way to condone or lessen my own guilt? EVEN IF I DO IT SILENTLY it’s a trap lucifer sets time after time. I’m often guilty of awarding myself KUDOS because at LEAST I’m NOT as arrogant as that guy and at least I don’t wear clothes as slutty as that woman and at least I read my BIBLE more than they do and at least I’m not as negative and at least I’m not as pious and at least I’m not as fake and at least I’m not as…BLAH BLAH BLAH
It’s just plain DUMB to prop up my ego by comparing myself to weak people. Spiritual maturity roars loudly-AT LEAST, humble your attitude so you can learn something you little HYPOCRITE!
There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
I’m glad that I’ve learned to listen-even if it hurts so good.