WHAT YOU ACHIEVE BY CRITICIZING

In the Sermon on the Mount, our Lord Jesus said, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. "Matthew 7: 1-5. When we read this passage, we usually interpret it to be two different lessons. One, that if we judge will be judged; and the other, when He calls us hypocrites for seeing and judging the least fault in another, but being blind to see our own mistakes. But it is the same issue, although when we read where it calls us hypocrites for accusing another of something we also did, we let it pass because we don’t believe it is applicable. And we believe is not applicable because we live in denial.  We project our blame on others and once we deny doing it, we end up believing the lie.

This is a lesson for all. Judgments are personal, subjective, always involve opposition. They don’t include any positive aspects. It is different than evaluating a situation to reach a conclusion. I am judging you when I blame you for what I see in you.  To be able to judge fairly we need the declaration of all those involved, which is not feasible. That is why the divine law says "don’t do it". When the Lord Jesus Christ said, "Hypocrite! First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see to get the blade out of your brother's eye" is because we criticize or judge in the other what we originally did. It may be that you don’t remember it because the issue is hidden in the subconscious. It has been proved by the medical science, that we project on others, what bothers us about ourselves, and then we don’t see it in us but on them. If we understand this principle, we can understand why the Lord Jesus Christ called us hypocrites, or impostors. “The strain of constant judgment is virtually intolerable. It is curious that an ability so debilitating would be so deeply cherished.” ACIM.

Let us see the one we are judging as if it was our mirror. The fault I judged in him, I can now identify it because it was also my fault. We can handle it in another way and turn it into something positive for ourselves; If I see the fault I ask myself, do I have that problem? Then I analyze it, identify it, and correct it in myself. We can use the faults of our fellow men to know ourselves, and change our way of being. Correcting our fellow man is not our responsibility. It is difficult enough to correct ourselves, however, the Holy Spirit has the ability to do so, I can ask Him to correct me, and correct my brother. The commandment we received was to love one another. The only thing we receive from God is love and compassion, and that is what we must give. We must then accept our fellow men as they are. If we believe that they need to change, we can intercede for them. God is the only one who can change our being. This is a difficult lesson to learn, because is a habit so ingrained that we judge without thinking, even without having the slightest information as to why the person did that.

“One of the illusions from which you suffer is the belief that what you judged against has no effect. This cannot be true unless you also believe that what you judged against does not exist. You evidently do not believe this, or you would not have judged against it. In the end, it does not matter whether your judgment is right or wrong. Either way you are placing your belief in the unreal. This cannot be avoided in any type of judgment, because it implies the belief that reality is yours to select from. You have no idea of the tremendous release and deep peace that comes from meeting yourself and your brothers totally without judgment.” ACIM T-3.VI.2-3. Let us be alert to our thoughts, if they are destructive thoughts, we can re-direct them. We have control of our mind.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10.