37 “But why can’t I come now, Lord?” he asked. “I’m ready to die for you.”38 Jesus answered, “Die for me? I tell you the truth, Peter—before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me. (John 13:37-38)
Have you ever read certain stories in the bible about people acting contrary to the way they should have acted and thought to yourself; I would have never of done that? The story of Peter’s denial of Jesus is one of those stories that every time I read it I had that very thought. How can you deny Jesus? Peter walked side by side with Him for three years, slept in the dirt with Him, ate with Him, called Him the very Son of God, and observed all the miracles that Jesus preformed and he still denied Him, not once but three times. How could he do that?
Recently while reading over this depiction of Peter’s denial I had a change of heart. We have the luxury hindsight. I realized that I haven’t walked one step in Peter’s sandals. Sure it’s easy for me to sit on my couch in the comfort of my home reading the bible and say to myself “If I were Peter then I would have followed Jesus to the cross and died with Him.” It’s so easy to say that but I was not there.
3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. (Matthew 7:3-5)
You see you can act brave and be built up with self righteousness all you want but unless you actually live out a certain situation you cannot make an educated decision on what you would have done. How many times have you criticized someone else for doing something that you yourself have done many times before? Don’t be quick to judge anyone. Remember that when you do judge someone, you are judging what God made in His image and loves with all His heart. Who are you to judge what He has made? He made you didn’t He? Like Jesus said, you must remove the log in your own eye before you can see clearly enough to help your friend remove the speck in his eye? So let me ask you; Is there something in your eye?
Verse of the day:
Challenge of the day:
Today I challenge you to not judge a single person all day. Don’t let your mind start drawing conclusions about them, don’t open your mouth to give one ounce of criticism. You don’t know what God has planned for them and you don’t know what brought them to their particular circumstance. Train your mind and heart to not jump to conclusions. It is not only your voice that bears witness against others. It is your heart.