I am overjoyed that spring is finally here; loving sunny and much warmer weather. I share this story with you because it is always good to wash the windows of our eyes and see others with compassion. “Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tender-hearted, be courteous.” (1 Peter 3:8)
The story is told of a woman who could look out her kitchen window and see her neighbor’s laundry drying on the line. But the woman continually complained to her husband about how dingy the neighbor’s laundry looked: “Doesn’t she know how to get her clothes clean?” But one day she announced, “Finally—our neighbor has learned to do her laundry! I wonder what has changed?” Her husband said, “It may be because I washed the outside of that window yesterday.”
Sometimes, our own impaired vision causes us to see faults in others. It reminds us of what Jesus said about removing the beam in our own eye before trying to remove a speck from someone else’s eye. And of how Paul wrote that we should focus more on the needs of others rather than our own needs. Jesus had the ability to see people as they really were—and His clear spiritual sight moved Him to compassion toward them (Matthew 9:36). We need to see with the eyes of Jesus.
We need to wash the windows of our heart so we can see plainly the needs that others have. We need to make their needs more important than our own.
Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.