Fair judgment

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. (Matthew‬ ‭7:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬)

This is a tough one because I have a tendency to make snap judgments about people and situations.  What I’ve learned is that I need to be more patient, listen, and gather all the facts, especially when trying to understand differences of opinion and settling disagreements.  I have to remember there are other viewpoints from which it makes sense to be close enough to analyze details and far enough to see the big picture.  

Asking the Lord to give me clearer vision through the fog my emotions helps me see what he sees.  There are times when he grants me understanding, but most of the time he just tells me to obey.

To rid myself from my own prejudices, I remind myself that I am a very capable sinner. On this earth, we are all on equal footing under God where the “wages of sin is death.” Hating the sin but not the sinner is an unreachable virtue unless one lives under the umbrella of his grace and mercy. And when he recognizes how much the Lord has fully pardoned him, it would be most sensible to walk freely with humility and be free from the burden of judging and condemning others.

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