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Monday matters: Every day, my heart...

Take comfort in knowing only God knows your heart. Yet I know it stings when someone judges you harshly because they can't see your heart.

The human heart is arrogant, often cares for itself above all, prone to judge others and prone to make demands of others. The heart is also needy and incomplete, with holes that can only be repaired by love, by God perfect love. Where's the healing for it all? Jesus. He is it, His Word, which is both justice and mercy. First, we must deeply understand and truly own our brokenness. 1 John 1:8 says, "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." The Bible doesn't call us to judge others; even Jesus said this about Himself. But it calls us to always be mindful and humbly recognize our own weakness.

Whatever righteousness we possess was given to us by the victory of Christ's death and resurrection. Just think how God is grieved when we use the Bible on others as a weapon.

Humble yourself and ask God to give you the grace to love others as He does every day.