My husband and I had disagreed on an issue, and he had to leave for work before resolving the disagreement. I began devotions confident that I had been right, so I was not anticipating what I recognized as a rebuke to me in Luke 6.
"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, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You, hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye" (vss. 41, 42).
The Lord seemed to say, "Even if you are right, you can't see how to convince him until you remove the beam--your wrong attitude-from your own eye."
I prayed for forgiveness, and God helped me to gain a right spirit. Later, I was amazed to discover a new approach to the situation that seemed right to my husband, too.
This occurred years ago, and I've forgotten our point of disagreement. Through this experience, though, I learned that if I don't let Jesus clear my own attitude, I can't trust God to work in the situation nor can I hear what He wants to say.
Thank You, Lord, for teaching me that when there's peace and harmony between my spirit and Your Spirit, then I can hope to bring harmony in my other relationships.
"But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace" (Psalm 37:11).