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

“Wow, you are so unorganized, Kim. How do you know where anything is?” said Jessica as she looked at Kim’s school desk. Kim looked down with embarrassment. Her books were relatively neat, but she had a few papers sticking out here and there.

“I guess I could be a little more organized,” replied Kim.

After school, Jessica asked Kim to come over to study. As Kim walked into Jessica’s room, she saw trash scattered everywhere. The bed was unmade and scrapbooking supplies covered the floor.

Like Jessica, we too can be hypocritical. Many of us struggle with judging others while we exhibit the same mistakes in our own lives. Rather than admitting our mistakes, we look at others’ shortcomings to take the focus off what we need to fix. God’s Word tells us we need to refrain from judging others because the Lord will judge us in return. Instead of critiquing others, we need to deal with our own flaws.

Have you been judging others’ shortcomings? Often, when we find ourselves evaluating others’ weaknesses, it is best to take a look at our own. Why not take a minute right now to assess the areas you have been critiquing in fellow believers. Examine those areas in your own life before judging others, otherwise you’ll find yourself behaving like judgmental Jessica.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder