Oh God you have shown me, once again, how sinful my heart can be. I so easily fall into the sin of judgementalism and self-righteousness. My heart so often reminds me of the pharisee's that walked around in their self-righteousness because they held themsleves to the law. They held themselves to a higher standard than those around them which made them feel so righteous. Oh God I must confess that this is my heart at times.
I forget that I was once a begger and sometimes can still be one.
I forget that I once was an adultress chasing after other gods - and sometimes even now I can be one.
I forget that I have been a thief. I have been unkind and spoken harsh words to those I love. And I have thoughts that you would call murder. I have sought my own desires and given into my own greed.
Oh Father I forget that my heart was once black, ugly and far from you.
Oh Father please forgive me and help me to remember that it is only in the work of the cross that you see me as clean, holy and righteous. I have done nothing to deserve your grace and mercy.
When I begin to look at those believers who are not following the the standards I think they should help me to see them through your eyes of grace and mercy. Help me to not judge them or lift myself up. Help me to love and encourage them.
Father, thank you for your Word to me today that sliced open my heart to see the sin of selfrighteousness and judgementalism. I hate these sins - especially in my own heart!! I am sure you hate them too. Thank you for your grace and mercy and your willingness to show me. Now I pray that I may allow you to change my heart in this area and that I might see my brothers and sisters in Christ as you see them - not through eyes of judgement but eyes of love.