Read Matthew 22: 36-40
In the same way you judge others, you will be
judged, and with the measure you use,
it will be measured to you.
The way we see God affects the way we see ourselves. If
we imagine God to be a demanding boss, we expect to be
rewarded or punished
based on our performance.
But if we believe that God
is a loving father, we see
ourselves as children —
imperfect, yet adored.
Focusing on our flaws, faults, and failures can lead us to
see the same imperfections in others. When we are unkind,
impatient, and irritable toward others, it’s often because we
treat ourselves the same way. If we have trouble forgiving
ourselves, we may also tend to hang on to the wrongs others
have done to us.
Recently I looked in the mirror and saw a man I didn’t
like, a man who wasn’t always polite or friendly. But God
didn’t see what I saw. As I stared at my reflection, I felt God
whisper, “You should speak to that man in the mirror gently
and pray for him with compassion. You should love that man
— because I do.”
God doesn’t ignore our sins; God forgives us. And we can
do the same — for ourselves and for others.
Prayer: Dear Father, help us see what you see and do what
you do. Amen.
Jeff Adams (Arizona)
Prayer Focus: THOSE STRUGGLING TO LOVE THEMSELVES
— Matthew 7: 2 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
Because God loves me,
I can love myself.