Because I Need To Remember

I ran across this passage last night while thumbing through Daddy’s copy of My Utmost for His Highest. It resonated with me so deeply that I’ve re-read it a couple of times since.

“Jesus says regarding judging – Don’t. The average Christian is the most penetratingly critical individual. Criticism is a part of the ordinary faculty of man; but in the spiritual domain nothing is accomplished by criticism. The effect of criticism is a dividing up of the powers of the one criticized; the Holy Ghost is the only One in the true position to criticize, He alone is able to show what is wrong without hurting and wounding. It is impossible to enter into communion with God when you are in a critical temper; it makes you hard and vindictive and cruel, and leaves you with the flattering unction that you are a superior person. Jesus says, as a disciple cultivate the uncritical temper. It is not done once and for all. Beware of anything that puts you in the superior person’s place.

There is no getting away from the penetration of Jesus. If I see the mote in your eye, it means I have a beam in my own. Every wrong thing that I see in you, God locates in me. Every time I judge, I condemn myself (see Romans 2:17-20). Stop having a measuring rod for other people. There is always one fact more in every man’s case about which we know nothing. The first thing God does is to give us a spiritual spring-cleaning; there is no possibility of pride left in a man after that. I have never met the man I could despair of after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God.”

– Oswald Chambers

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  1. Thank you for that reminder. I needed to hear that today.

  2. Well said, Mr Chambers! Your heart for Jesus causes me to want to be filled more and know Jesus more…
    Thanks Sista, for sharing your heart today…it is even more beautiful than your lovely new hair do!
    Love in Him,
    Holly

  3. Oh GIRLFRIEND!!!

    I have done been judging me some people here lately, and I do believe Mr. God may have just used you to stop me in my tracks. (See blog yesterday for proof.)

    It is a hard, hard thing to keep from doing, isn’t it? Well, as of right now, vengeance is His and repentance is mine. Thanks for being used of Him!

  4. Preach it, sister! Thanks for sharing that with us. Lots to chew on right before I head off to bed…

  5. your not the only one who needs that reminder. i need it printed on my bathroom mirror for daily reflection.

  6. Amen. Thank you!

  7. Thanks for the reminder. Billy Graham once said, “The number one cause of atheism is Christians. Those who proclaim God with their mouths and deny Him with their lifestyles is what an unbelieving world finds simply unbelievable.” My belief is that judgementalism (is that a word?) is one of the biggest examples of this.

  8. Thanks for the good word Sista BooMama. I love Oswald Chambers. God uses him all the time to hit me right between the eyes.
    Blessings,
    Angie
    P.S. I really, really want to see your hair!

  9. Oooh–you reminded me. I go through seasons where I read that devotional daily, and then I put it aside for a time. It’s time to pick it back up.

  10. I have a great personal story that would go with this wonderful find, and it happened this week. I unfortunately am the one who did the judging and then God slapped a big dose of reality when I did the same thing. I do need to put that measuring rod away, and humble myself and above all “consider others better than myself”-Philippians 2:3. Thanks for sharing.

  11. I SO needed to hear that. Thank you for taking the time to share this.

  12. Thank you for that.

  13. Good stuff…so good I read it twice. Actually, I should print it out and stick it on the fridge. Wouldn’t hurt to read this every single day!

  14. There is always one fact more in every man’s case about which we know nothing.

    That is so true.

    I’ve been reading My Utmost off and on since college. It’s words are always as fresh and new as the first time I read them. They are meaty and to the point. And, they have changed my life. Don’t you just love Oswald Chambers? I can’t wait to meet him…

  15. Absolutely powerful! “Jesus says, as a disciple cultivate the uncritical temper. It is not done once and for all. Beware of anything that puts you in the superior person’s place.”

    Not done once and for all and the term superior person’s place” really jumped out at me. We really thinks that we are holding ourselves as superior when we critisize but bottom line is that is exactly what we are doing.

    Powerful stuff. Thanks for sharing it Boomama!

  16. Love me some Oswald. Hoping that one will take root in me today

  17. I wonder how we work team evaluations, accountability for growth, and growing things to maturity into this mindset?

    Great challenge, nonetheless.

  18. Ouch! I needed to hear that.

  19. That is awesome. Thank you for sharing. I’m heading over to post that on my blog. We need to spread this good word!

  20. How absolutley, perfectly true. Thanks so much for sharing that. There but for the grace of God….

  21. Amen!
    I think I hear Big Mama playing her tambourine in praise again!

  22. The Lord is so kind in teaching me and so repetitious. I was in my room earlier praying and I initiated a confession to the Lord that I did not want to find fault and be judgmental with others after all the Lord has done in me…then what do you know…I click on your blog and there it is again. I love “My Utmost” so good!!

    -Jenny Williams
    Pelham, AL

  23. Oh I’ve got me some flattering unction going on, for sure. I need to drag out my copy of His Utmost again. Thanks for the nudge.

  24. What an important point to take to heart! It reminded me of a story my husband told me. It’s about a preacher who had a sermon on spiritual gifts. After the sermon a member of the congregation came up to him and told him that he thought that he had the gift of criticism. In response the preacher asked him if he remembered the parable of the talents? And in that parable did he recall the account of the man who buried his talent? Well, then, that’s what you should do with your gift of criticism.

  25. What a great post. As mommas, we can easily slip into a critical spirit and it is very damaging to our children and/or husband. A careless remark, a cutting snip, a cruel taunt or a critical jab can inflict such emotional pain with our tongue and an unguarded moment. Most of us know this by personal experience, having been on the receiving end of such crictisim. Some of those hurts lodge so deep in the heart that they never heal. We would do well to ask the Lord to help us crucify a critical spirit lest we start performing eye surgery on others with a beam in our own eye. Good stuff. Thanks for sharing. jean

  26. Oy. I needed to hear this. Didn’t WANT to, but needed to. I’ve been very, very critical and hard on a person in my life. Not without reason, as their words and actions are very hurtful to those around them. But I cannot put myself in the place of the Holy Spirit and feel it’s MY responsibility to criticize this person.

    Thank you for sharing. I want to be better at this

  27. This one got me -POW- right where I needed it. Back to working on my pride . Dadnabbit! Same lesson again and again. Thankfully HE is forgiving and patient. Thanks Boomama for bringing up the less than steller aspects of my walk….

  28. Amen!

  29. OUch! Were those my toes? Or my mouth, more to the point? :) Thanks for the reminder, Boomama. I so needed it (and continue to every.single.day).

    Blessings, Gretchen