OUR WILLINGNESS TO FORGIVE others is founded on our commitment to God and our desire to extend God’s love. Forgiving our neighbors begins with our compassion and our humility—not others’ mistakes. Their transgressions merely serve to remind us of our own humanity, our own imperfections. This is what Christ conveyed when he said, “first take the log out of your own eye.”
—Christopher Maricle, The Jesus Priorities: 8 Essential Habits (Upper Room Books, 2007)
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Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.
—Matthew 7:4-5 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Make me a channel of God’s love, to be suffused with the Holy Spirit and guided by the Holy Spirit in all things.
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