by Randy Chambers, 2015-09-07
Matthew 7:1-2, NIV: 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.
Probably one of the greatest obstacles to maintaining good relationships is the
expectation so often placed on others. Believing someone should do a certain
thing, say a certain thing, or be a particular way in a given situation often
leads to undue criticism, and dissatisfaction. It is very unfortunate that we so
often set up a measuring stick against our brothers and sisters in Christ that
is base more upon personal preference, than upon the Word of God. We do this in
the church; and, we do this in our closest relationships. We should be encouraging
others to become exactly what God wants, but what we want often clouds our
thinking. When we consider others, letís first consider asking God to correct
our attitudes, so that we can love others for who they are now--and pray for them
that God will continue to shape them as He desires.