When you look at those around you, remember that they, too, are part of God’s creation made in His image. Even if you cannot see any good, even if their appearance and actions are abhorrent, they are still of the Lord, even though they may appear (or in fact be) lost. Our own path is tough enough for us to discern so we probably should not try to understand someone else’s path.

All too often we try to measure our faithfulness against what we perceive to be the faithfulness of others. We judge our performance against the performance of others, not remembering that our path is not their path, our relationship with the Father is not like their relationship with the Father. We have all been given choices on our journey to the Lord and the ability to make those choices, either with God’s approval or against His will.

We are all doing the best that we can and that is all anyone can ask. So, be very careful about judging others (Luke_6:37 – Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven).

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