The uncritical temper
Judge not, that ye be not judged. Matthew 7:1.
Jesus says regarding judging—Don’t. The average Christian is the most penetratingly critical individual. Criticism is a part of the ordinary faculty of man; but in the spiritual domain nothing is accomplished by criticism. The effect of criticism is a dividing up of the powers of the one criticized; the Holy Ghost is the One in the true position to criticize, He alone is able to show what is wrong without hurting and wounding. It is impossible to enter into communion with God when you are in a critical temper; it makes you hard and vindictive and cruel, and leaves you with the flattering unction that you are a superior person. Jesus says, as a disciple, cultivate the uncritical temper. It is not done once and for all. Beware of anything that puts you in the superior person’s place.
There is no getting away from the penetration of Jesus. If I see the mote in your eye, it means I have a beam in my own. Every wrong thing that I see in you, God locates in me. Every time I judge, I condemn myself (see Romans 2:17-20). Stop having a measuring rod for other people. There is always one fact more in every man’s case about which we know nothing. The first thing God does is to give us a spiritual spring-cleaning; there is no possibility of pride left in a man after that. I have never met the man I could despair of after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God.
You know… sometimes I just have to laugh. I looked at my phone this morning and saw it was the 16th. I opened my book and read the 17th thinking it was the 16th. It just laid me wide open. Lord help me to see the plank in my own eye so I can see the speck in my brother’s eye. I think what the Lord is showing me with the past events going on is that I have a critical temper. I feel the plank in my eye is the critical temper. I don’t need the measuring rod in my life. The fact is hurt people hurt people and I need to give God the glory when looking past the offense. I am far from perfect. IAs I have read this Devo over and over this morning, I see where this critical temper is in many areas of my life. Hmmmm I guess I am worse off than I thought. Cheer up!
Thanks for reading this morning
Here is what it says in Romans the message version
Romans 2:17-23 (The Message)
17 If you’re brought up Jewish, don’t assume that you can lean back in the arms of your religion and take it easy, feeling smug because you’re an insider to God’s revelation,
18 a connoisseur of the best things of God, informed on the latest doctrines!
19 I have a special word of caution for you who are sure that you have it all together yourselves and, because you know God’s revealed Word inside and out,
20 feel qualified to guide others through their blind alleys and dark nights and confused emotions to God.
21 While you are guiding others, who is going to guide you? I’m quite serious. While preaching “Don’t steal!” are you going to rob people blind? Who would suspect you?
22 The same with adultery. The same with idolatry.
23 You can get by with almost anything if you front it with eloquent talk about God and his law.
Greater is he that is in me than he who is in the world