Last night I received a call from someone needing prayerful support while working through a challenge and seemed extremely aggressive. After hanging up the telephone, it took me some time since I knew I shouldn’t sympathize with the error but have compassion for the person working through it. Aggression wasn’t part of her true spiritual identity and I had to see her as God’s child reaching out. I noticed it took me time to rid my thoughts of judgment, but eventually Love dissolved that negative thought for me and I was able to pray successfully.
Luke 6:37 states “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” That doesn’t mean from time to time, but all of the time. Help me, Father, to do that.
This morning as I was glancing through the news on the computer, I came across a photo of an elderly actor and his daughter-in-law on stage as he was being honored. What struck me in the face was her inappropriate dress, especially when all the abuse messages are posted everywhere. Proudly, I judged this was sending mixed messages to men. After spending a few minutes further on this, I was led to call a very good friend for her thoughts and she had thought the same as I.
Still dissatisfied we both knew there was something that had barbed our thoughts that needed praying about. Then I remembered in my younger day, there were many times I had worn skimpy bikinis and other revealing clothing. It was apparent that I needed to forgive myself for earlier misjudgments and know that was never, ever a part of my pure self, just as issues are coming to the forefront to be addressed and healed. God’s man is pure and perfect in Spirit and we are continuing to receive His grace.
Hebrews 4:16 reads, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” There is never a “too early” nor a “too late” time to feel God’s Love.
Sometimes when I become opinionated, I remember a citation from our textbook, which reads, “Students are advised by the author to be charitable and kind, not only towards differing forms of religion and medicine, but to those who hold these differing opinions. Let us be faithful in pointing the way through Christ, as we understand it, but let us also be careful always to ‘judge righteous judgment,’ and never to condemn rashly.” There is only one God!