The things you don’t like in others are oftentimes characteristics and traits that you also possess. You may not realize it until someone puts a “mirror” up and shows you, you, and you see that the other person is merely a mirror image of yourself. You then see that you’re more alike than different, and that which you despise in them you despise in yourself.
While you desire their change, what about your own? Do you make the steps to change or do you hypocritically continue to point out their faults as though they aren’t also your own? The mirror doesn’t lie. It’s both eye-opening and soul stirring.
Passing judgment leaves you wide open to being judged. You opened the door, now expect some stuff that you didn’t expect or plan for to roll in and land at your feet. So you should think twice before opening your mouth against others, spreading prophesies, and claiming to be blameless. You will surely see your mirror image one day. Maybe sooner than later. Maybe you will be surrounded, like in a house of mirrors at the fair. That’s a scary thought.
Father, please keep me focused on doing right, speaking with love, and thinking of how best to serve You and Your Kingdom. Hold my tongue before I speak ill of someone, pass judgment, and respond out of anger, fear, or envy. Place the mirror of truth before me so that I always see my faults before I attempt to point out someone else’s. In Your name I humbly pray. Amen.