I recently became angry at my husband for what I perceived as displaying insensitive and rude behavior to me.
But then I was reminded by the Holy Spirit of my own actions earlier that week. They might have been perceived by him as being insensitive and rude behavior.
Thinking on my actions vs. his actions, I realized I often excuse my own behavior while not allowing any excuses for others.
Ways in which I sometimes justify my own behavior when compared to others.
- You are prejudiced/I have strong convictions
- You are being defensive/I am just setting the record straight
- You are stubborn/I stand firm for my principles
- You are refusing to listen/I am just stating my opinion
- You are yelling at me/I am just raising my voice to emphasize a point
- You are lazy/I am just exhausted
I must remember the words of Jesus when He said:
Don’t criticize people, and you will not be criticized. For you will be judged by the way you criticize others, and the measure you give will be the measure you receive.”