“Judge Not…”

I’m not a judgmental person. Really. At least I didn’t think I was. And when I am judgmental…it’s justified. After all, if you’re caring for someone and their life or health is in your hands…

But most of the time, the issues we face are not a matter of life or death. For me, it’s often the little things that bring out judgmental attitudes. Or words. I hate to admit it, but I still judge people by their appearance. Even as I write this confession, I’m beginning to see the ways in which nothing more than my likes and dislikes have turned to judgments that can damage and destroy relationships.

Like many another convicting, life-renewing insight, this one came from Scripture, in words I’ve read over and over again. “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1,2 NIV).Judgment sewn reaps a harvest of judgment in return.

I’m beginning a new journey – one where I am learning to be quick to recognize a judgmental attitude, and quick to repent. It will warm and soften the rigors of relationships…and this caregiving journey. Won’t you join me?

Prayer – LORD, my attitudes and life-patterns are long since set into judgmental  habits I cannot easily see. Open the eyes of my heart. Show me your way of repentance and healing. Amen 

Photo courtesy of Alek Zaslawski (www.awzorchids.com), copyright 2017

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