It’s a matter of perspective and what God is revealing.
A couple moved into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they were eating breakfast, the lady sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside. “That laundry is not very clean: she doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap”. Her husband looks on, remaining silent. Every time her neighbor hangs her wash to dry, the woman makes the same comments. A month later, the woman is surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and says to her husband, “Look, she’s finally learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?” The husband replies, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.” and so it is with life…what we see when watching others depends on the clarity of the window through which we look.
This spoke to me very strongly as I have always looked through a dirty window (criticism) and the Lord showed me these are issues He wants me to deal with in my own life. I have learned the issues that disturb me in others are usually the issues He wants to correct in my life. How can I walk in grace and mercy if I always have a critical spirit?