I just started reading Breaking Free by Beth Moore this morning (it's the book, not the entire Bible study). I was also thinking about last night's post and it occurs to me that my critical heart is really symptomatic of PRIDE. Thinking I'm right and know all the answers and what everyone else should do is ALL ABOUT ME!
I don't know the circumstances of the lives of others. I don't know the motivation of their hearts. I don't know what God's plans are for them. I don't really know nearly as much as I might like to think.
So God gently reminded me this morning that when I am critical, I'm attempting to be god myself. It's idolatry and pride. Nothing more and certainly nothing less.
Today I am a little calmer, a little gentler, a little more merciful towards those around me. They are all God's children, created in His image. Either they know Him or they don't. But that doesn't change His heart of love for them. He wants me to have the same heart. And again I thank Him for never leaving me in my sin, but for lovingly reaching down and changing my heart, bit by bit.