When I’m driving and mentally criticizing the behavior of another driver, I almost always exhibit that same behavior, sometimes within seconds of my criticism. And yet, I still am likely to return very quickly to my running (negative) commentary about the way other people drive.
It is a small bad habit, but one which unfortunately can seep into areas more important than careless driving. As described in 2 Peter, I often find myself “nearsighted and blind…forgetful of the cleansing of past sins.” I conveniently condemn, in others, the very choices I myself have made, choices for which I know God has forgiven me.
I look at the virtues listed in this Scripture and think that they are impossible to achieve. While they may be difficult to achieve, they are simple to cultivate. In moments when I become critical, I can practice catching myself and remembering all that I have been forgiven of in the past.
I certainly don’t want to be “nearsighted and blind…forgetful of the cleansing” of my own sins
Psalms 1, 2, 3; Amos 2:6-16; Matthew 21:1-11
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