“Then David’s anger burned against the man, and he said to Nathan, ‘As the Lord lives, surely the man who has done this deserves to die. He must make restitution for the lamb fourfold because he did this thing and had no compassion.’ Nathan then said to David, ‘You are the man!’” (2 Samuel 12:5-7).
The prophet, Nathan, set a literary trap that was tripped by David’s own guilt. How often it is that what we most passionately judge and condemn, emerges from that which lurks in our own heart. Thus, by our judgment of others we establish the standard by which we shall be judged. In other words, our quick judgment of others may tell more of us than we would really want known. Instead, try grace.