Good News C27a
The Splinter in Your Brother’s Eye
It is easy to judge others. It is easy to notice how many mistakes they make. You can see clearly the splinters in your brother’s eye. It is more difficult to look at yourself and see the mistakes you make. Look in the mirror. God loves you and accepts you as you are. It is good when you can take the splinter out of your brother’s eye and see him as God sees him. Try to see you and your brother as equals. You can help each other stay on God’s path. Keep God as Number One in your life. Love your neighbor as yourself. Forgive yourself for those little splinters. Forgive your brother for his mistakes, too. Leave the judging of others to God.
When you get angry with your brother or sister, try taking a walk. Then come back and talk things over. If your mistake has caused pain to others, say “I am sorry. Will you forgive me?” That will be one more splinter out of your eye. God forgives you. If God is pleased with you, you do not have to worry about what anyone else thinks
Say the “Our Father” and thank God that you know you are not perfect. Tell him you love him very much. Thank him for noticing all the good things that you do.
“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”
Copyright © 2004 Joan Y. Edwards