Light a Candle to begin your prayer:
Almighty God open my mind and heart to your word as I read of your gift of Unity Amen
Read Matthew chapter 7 verse 1-5
‘Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way as 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
Reflection on Bible Reading:
The great thing about sin is that it is always other people who do it. It is always easy to see where other people are going wrong. Here lies one of the key effects of sin on us. Sin is the distortion of perfection, the twisting of a positive gift from God into a negative. Sin prevents us from seeing things from another person’s point of view. Sometimes I have to mediate between people who have fallen out over various different things. Usually you get two very different stories of what has actually happened to cause the fall out. What we have to do in every situation is see that we as humans will always look at the world or a situation imperfectly or sinfully. What we have to do is ask God to transform us inside so that we can then see things from another person’s point of view.
Pray this prayer aloud:
the earth is full of the glory of your love.
May we your children, born of the Spirit,
so bear witness to your Son Jesus Christ, crucified and risen,
that all the world may believe and have eternal life
through the One who saves,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
now and for ever. Amen
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