Read: Luke 6:41-42
This parable speaks to us about our judgmental nature regarding our perceived shortcomings of others. How often have you heard someone start a comment with “I don’t mean to sound critical but....”? Critical is exactly what they mean to be, and not in a positive way.
What makes one so quick to be critical of others? Is it insecurity? Is it anger? Is it jealousy? Is it the result of a hurt? All the above? Having a critical spirit can become a habit. Regardless of the excuses one uses to justify a critical spirit, the result is bitterness and discontent. A loving spirit requires no justification, and the result is joy and contentment.
Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.
Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.
Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.
Supplication: Petition God for spiritual insight and understanding of His Word. Ask Him to help you know what is His direction and purpose for your life. Intercede for other believers, personal friends, those in ministry and those who are oppressed and in need. Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have