Today’s Scripture: For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Matthew¬†7:2

Many people in this world live to critique-some cannot even take a vacation from it. One travel guide from a Caribbean airline put deliberate mistakes in their magazine and said, “Just in case you find mistakes, know that they were put there on purpose. We try to offer something for everyone, and this is for those of you who are looking for mistakes.”

It is so easy to be a fault-finder instead of a fisher of men. Years ago, we had a hoarder that used to mess up the look of our whole neighborhood. He bought a brand new camper, filled it with junk, and it quickly became one of his many unsightly lawn ornaments. I was the only one who would talk to him. My neighbors would always ask me, “Why do you talk to that bum?” I would remind them time and time again, “He is not a bum. He is a person, and God loves Him just the same as anybody else.” I saw him as a soul rather than a problem. Sometimes with difficult people that is not easy to do.

It is easy to love those that love us and to care for those who are desirable. Do you treat people with love and respect despite their current circumstances or appearance? Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Have mercy, and you will find mercy. Nit-pick at others, and you will be judged more harshly than what you have criticized. If you are one of those people who cannot take a vacation from fault-finding, it is time to change YOUR behavior and YOUR perspective. If you make this critical change, it could spare your life much pain and unnecessary judgment.

Do you have someone in your life that you just can’t stand? Make today the day you let go of your critical spirit. Measure others with the mercy with which you would pray God would measure you.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder