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Love/Life Day 8

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Scripture: Matthew 7:1-5 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. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

 Devotional: Accept responsibility for my part- Too often in relationships, especially long term relationships, we can grow weary of the day to day irritations and offenses of our significant other.  And before long, these imperfections become glaring and the focus of all our attention.  As a result, our relationship begins to crack.

 But here’s the reality:  we all irritate and offend in one way or another.  This passage cautions against judging another – lest you be judged in the same way.  It’s easy to see another’s faults and overlook your own.  But when you are purposeful in staying on your own side of the street, focusing on the only person you can change (you),  it will increase your relational satisfaction, rather than decrease it.

 And maybe, just maybe, your marriage will begin to take on a different look.

 Reflect:

  • What things annoy you most about your significant other?
  • Why not begin to let go of those annoyances and instead focus on changing your own bad habits or destructive behavior?
  • Pray for the strength to accept responsibility for you own shortcomings in your relationship and begin to replace destructive behaviors with constructive ones.