Frustration! You feel like you are trying. You are reading God’s word, praying, abiding in the spirit, trying to be all that God would have you be. But things feel rather “lopsided.” You feel your spouse is not doing the same. You judge, resent, and feel like “it’s not fair.” “Why should I always be the one doing ‘the right thing!’”
But God says in Matthew 7:1-5 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
God, please forgive me for judging others. You alone are the Supreme Judge. Search my heart O Lord, and any impure thought or behavior, may you forgive me for. Please help me to let go of any resentments I may have towards my spouse and help me to forgive them. Help me to love like Jesus commanded in Matthew 22:36-40 (below). In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Author: Tanya Phillips