Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Differing weights and differing measures–
the LORD detests them both.
(Proverbs 20:10 (NIV))
Do you hold up one standard for some things and a different one for others? Do you measure your friends differently than you measure people whom you do not know? Do you want to be held accountable to a less severe set of laws than you are willing to hold others accountable to? We are all guilty of this to some extent. We fail to give the same leniency that we long for ourselves. Perhaps we even fail to forgive others when we seek forgiveness for ourselves.
Another translation says it differently.
The Lord despises double standards of every kind.
(Proverbs 20:10 (NLT))
Just what is a double standard? It is anything that treats the person you see in the mirror differently than the person you see on the street.
We seek mercy and grace, but are we willing to give it? We seek forgiveness, but are we willing to offer it to others?
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
(Matthew 6:12 (NIV))
We are told that we will be forgiven in the way that we forgive others. Do you weigh out forgiveness with a different set of weights and measures than you expect to be used for you? Adjust your standard to those that God uses.