I have been thinking about this and similar passages all week since I am often accused by some who are close to me of being a hypocrite. Most of the time I am able to not let this criticism bother me because I know the work that God has done in me and how very much different I feel and react towards life in general. The criticisms are sometimes (and more often than I care to admit) legitimate.
I am on the outside all too often not very loving by the worlds standards so sometimes when I am being criticized the person doing it is right. But sometimes they are trying to manipulate my behavior to conform to their standard.
It was hard to make a righteous judgment especially before I knew the whole word of God and studied it for His character. Sometimes God doesn't seem very loving either, especially when He appears to be letting bad things happen to good people. He sees a bigger picture than I could ever see so I have no right to judge those situations.
I am reminded in Matt 7:2 that it is with what measure..... what standard..... that I judge with, is the very way I will be judged, this is true for all of us, even those judging me. Oh how my heart should ache for those judging me so harshly, but it doesn't, I get mad. My pride is affected, Oh what a fool. God did the work in me not me, I just became willing to allow Him to do it.
Would you ever consider buying a book by it's cover? I sometimes do, in fact most of the time I do and am rarely disappointed. If it's a good book a great deal of information about it's content will be displayed on the cover, but sometimes I am disappointed because the cover oversold the content. It is my goal to allow our Lord to keep editing my heart so that my cover will reflect the authors content.
He has a big job ahead of Him but then He is a Big God.
May God keep you and bless you.
PS the new book is completed and being edited and reviewed I have created a web site for it at: