“37 If you don’t want to be judged, don’t judge. If you don’t want to be condemned, don’t condemn. If you want to be forgiven, forgive. 38 Don’t hold back—give freely, and you’ll have plenty poured back into your lap—a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, brimming over. You’ll receive in the same measure you give.” Luke 6:37-38 The Voice
Have you ever had a morning where everything you pick up points to the fact that you need an attitude adjustment? I had a morning like that. Everything I picked up pointed to issues around judging others. Since everything appeared to be pointing that direction, I sat down for some prayer time. I asked God to search my heart. Things started to come to mind pretty quickly. He had a list.
Here is what came to mind:
- Using opportunities to position myself
- Striving; feeling like I had to “master” things
Once those were dealt with, it was much easier to operate in a calm, loving, giving way. The clutter in my heart had been cleared out to make more room for Jesus. When there is more room for Jesus, everything goes more smoothly. I strive less because I trust Him. I appreciate others more and engage more deeply because I‘m not promoting myself or performing. I am more outwardly focused (giving, sharing, caring) and less inwardly focused (withholding, hiding, comparing). It all starts at the heart.
Father, thank you! Thank you for teaching me Your ways. I know that you are stretching and teaching me Your beautiful ways. Thank you for Your patience, Your grace, Your mercy and Your love. Father, I ask for more wisdom every day to become more like You. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Luke 6:37-42, Matthew 7:1, Romans 2:1-2, Romans 14:3-4, 13