There is only one Lawgiver and Judge…
who are you to judge your neighbor?
(James 4:12, NIV)
Lord, when I judge others, I am like the Pharisees. My “righteousness” is cold and small, unloving and unlovely.
I criticize rather than encourage.
I push others down that I might pull myself up.
I condemn and analyze rather than love and give.
I am proud rather than repentant.
My small, narrow notions try to force Your great mercy into my tiny box.
Who am I to judge or criticize someone else? I am unqualified. I am unworthy. I need Your mercy as much as they.
Forgive me, gracious Lord, forgive me.