This 40 Days to a Turn Around has been an amazing journey, but God had to check me in the midst of it. I was beginning to become too confident. Personally, I was doing well and was on track. However, I listened to others that had faltered or slipped up. I was viewing their slip-ups as weakness, but how many times have I slipped up in life?
God had to reveal to me that I will still mess up in some capacity. “How then can a mortal be righteous before God? How can one born of woman be pure?” (Job 25:3-5 NIV) I was born into sin, and it will always be something that we all struggle with. Who am I to think I’m better than anyone just because I have been strong and focused on this one thing? There are so many other things that I am still doing wrong. Perfection does not exist among mere mortals!
I looked at times I had become upset with others for slipping. I realized that I do not have the right to judge. I am in no position to look down on or admonish someone else for their shortcomings.
The spirit challenged me also to take a deeper look at why I was upset with them. I was shocked to find that the root of my judgment was jealously. I was jealous because I wasn’t the one at the party, I wasn’t drunk and I wasn’t having sex! Those were things that I wanted to be doing. No sex, but still lusting. I was not focusing on uplifting and picking those up who had fallen. I was too focused on what they had done wrong. What if God only looked at the things we did wrong?
It is often times easier to forgive the people in the world that have messed up. Why are we so quick to forgive sinners, but not saints? We are all the same. We sometimes make it so difficult to forgive saved people of certain infractions. However, at the end of the day we are all God’s children and all guilty of sin. So really, who do you think you are?
I come before You asking for forgiveness for ever thinking I was without sin. I pray that You will continue to work on me and all my faults. Help me to focus on the things that I need to change. Reveal to me the sins that I commit that I do not always see. Lord, open my eyes and reveal to me the things that I need to work on. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Today I EMPOWER you to help your friends, children, loved ones that have faltered. Uplift others instead of condemning them. Be a positive influence in others’ lives. Encourage others to know that we fall down, but we do get up!
What is your tactic for correcting in love and not slipping into judgment?
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Ms. Sherita Shelton currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Professional Counseling and is currently pursuing her counseling license. Sherita works as a therapist and case manager for children as well as adults. She facilitates groups for single women and offers mentoring and individual counseling for her clients. Sherita’s favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lot not on your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”