“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
Oh, goodness, we can be a judgmental lot. We judge everyone from politicians to our friends. Yet, we would prefer not to be judged.
I know that I can be judgmental. It isn’t one of my better traits.
In my mind, I can get confused about the concept and context of judgement. I can also justify my judgment. Humans love to justify their actions to edge the sin away.
Another action that I have read that God says is not good is comparing yourself with others. I think that for me, that began early, when I tried to determine if I was ‘normal’. I would notice that I was taller than most, or that I was not as pretty as, or smart as or not as nice as … you know the drill … especially girls.
There was judgment in those thoughts, those comparisons. Better than. Less than. Where did I fit into the categories that I thought I had to fit into. Those weren’t Godly thoughts … they were the thoughts of humans, youth, and a society where judgement was how we made people feel worse and made ourselves feel better.
I guess that comparison is a form of judgment, isn’t it? It separates us from each other at the cost of our spirit. Do we have to think less of someone to make ourselves feel better?
God does not judge us by human or societal standards. We do that to ourselves.
We do a lot of things to ourselves that God must shake his head at and get a bit sad about.
It is though I have spent much of my life trying to live in the human world, the one with countries, states, societies, wares, judgments and fallen spirits, when I could have been enjoying life more by, as the country song says, letting Jesus take the wheel.
What is in my mind and heart this morning is the last line of the verse, above. “Forgive and you will be forgiven.”
In my life, I have been the last person that I have forgiven. I can etch my mistakes/misdeeds/bad decisions,in my head and heart. And I can say that I have forgiven others, but have I?
What is real forgiveness?
Is it whisking away the behavior, totally forgetting about it? Is it loving the person in spite of the transgression? Or is true forgiveness involve ridding ourselves of our judgmental thoughts and behavior and letting God be our judge and the judge of others?
If we rid ourselves of comparison and judgment, except, perhaps, when we are buying a washing machine, wouldn’t we feel better about others, and ourselves? Wouldn’t that be a great gift to us, and a tribute to God?
For the next few moments, I am going to think and turn more of my heart and thoughts over to God.
God lessons our burden bundles through forgiveness. I don’t know why I have fought that concept for so long.
That actual thought makes me feel lighter, blessed and forgiven. What a great way to start the day.
Peace, love,forgiveness, and Amazing Grace.