Saturday, April 2, 2011

What's In My Own Heart?

Why are people so quick to judge what is in another person's heart?
Why do we think we know what someone was thinking when he or she does something we don't approve of?
Why can't we leave all that to God and love people the way they are?
Why not pray for them instead?
Maybe it would be better if we looked at ourselves instead of wanting everyone else to be perfect--as perfect as we see outselves.

I'm sure we've all heard someone murder another person with words then admit they aren't perfect either. I've probably done that myself.

No, none of us is perfect. For that reason Jesus suggested we love our enemies and let God be the judge. I say He suggested it. It was more than that. In fact, it was a command.

Loving isn't about judging.

Yes, I know we can make judgements but isn't that the same as judging?
I can make a judgement that my friend's husband isn't as nice to her as
he should be. Haven't I made a judgement about their marriage that's none
of my business?

How about if I have an addiction to chocolate or soft drinks and judge someone else's addiction to tobacco. What's the difference? What if I'm obese and make a judgement about what some small, pretty teenager wears?

The past weeks have made changes in me that I hope stick.

My heart is heavy right now because of the judgements that have been made
about someone I love.

God, help us to look into our own hearts before we try to determine
what is in someone else's.


  1. Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.