Sep6th

I Confess My Issue Is………

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I am acutely aware that each one of us has a personal battle to face – including me. This battle is that issue/habit/thing that keeps popping its ugly head up no matter how much we keep knocking it back down. As we all know, it far easier to recognize, accept and deal with the battle of someone else than it is our own.

I recognize my own issue (among many). I also accept it and deal with it – but it keeps popping its ugly head back up again. My issue is something that I detest in other people and I continually speak out against in my teaching. I am even aware of what Jesus says about it. He went so far as to give a lengthy dissertation on it in Matthew 7, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in someone else’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from the other person’s eye.”

I seem to get caught up in judging other people, places, organizations, churches – well, you get the picture. If it exists, I am tempted to judge it. This is not something I desire and it is certainly not a personal trait I asked for when I was born. This trait entered my life in a legalistic and judgmental religious atmosphere when I was growing up. It was further confirmed in my Bible college days. A critical spirit and a judgmental attitude became such a deep part of my life that I did not remove the plank from my own eye, but instead, pulverized the splinters of other people.

Over the years, the one thing I have resented and resisted is people who have a critical spirit and a judgmental attitude toward me. Not to mention they are always wrong about me to begin with. Jesus would say of me, “You are one huge hypocrite.”

It is amazing at how deeply a critical spirit and a judgmental attitude can become ingrained into our lives. We even go so far as to judge it a good day or a bad day. We go to a BBQ and judge the sauce as too sweet or too sour. It rains and we complain because the sun is not shining. The sun is shining and we complain because it is not raining. It is an ugly scene, huh?

There you go……that is my confession for the day. I am grateful this issue is not as bad as it used to be and it is not as good as it is going become.

Life is not an event, but a process,

Mitch

 

 

 

 


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