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Recognizing a Critical Spirit –
Today’s Marriage Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father,
It’s easy to be the person who finds fault, who looks for the worst in others in order to justify themselves. What’s not always easy is recognizing a critical spirit within ourselves and eliminating it from our lives.
A critical spirit will grow if we allow it a place in our marriage. It has the potential to break down the love and respect we’ve worked hard to build. We know we shouldn’t point fingers, criticize, or nag, but sometimes that ugly behavior finds a way in.
And so we ask that You open our eyes as we examine our hearts. Give us the courage to face this spirit head-on. If it is how we think, help us to change our attitude so that we would be of those who make peace and promote unity.
Help us to look for the best in each other, and remind us to always give thanks for the good that we find.
In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Today’s Bible Verse
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. – Matthew 7:1-5, KJV
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. – Matthew 7:1-5, NIV
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