Sunday, May 31, 2009

Something to think about Sundays

To Judge~
To form a judgment or opinion of; decide upon critically (

Have you ever noticed how often people (myself included) judge others. We judge positively and negatively many times based on preconceived notions and appearances.

I am reading the book "The Shack" by William P. Young. There is a reflection on judging that really made me think. Read for yourself:

"Mack felt shame reddening his face. He had to admit he had done an awful lot of judging in his time. But he was no different than anyone else, was he? Who doesn't jump to conclusions about others from the way they impact us. "

"What right did he have to judge anyone? Sure, in some measure he probably was guilty of judging almost everyone he had met and many that he had not. Mack knew he was thoroughly guilty for being self-centered. How dare he judge anyone else? All his judgements had been superficial, based on appearance and action, things easily interpreted by whatever state of mind or prejudice that supported the need to exalt himself, or to feel safe, or to belong."

Think about it....
Do you judge others? Why?
Listen to those around you ~ do they judge.
Could you stand up for those who are being judged?

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, "Let me take the speck out of your eye," when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. (Matt. 7:1-5)

Remember the old adage, "treat others as you wish to be treated"?

Think about it ~ live your life righteously and do not be inclined to rush to rash judgement of others.

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