February 24

Reflection                               

There is a mean-spiritedness about suspicion that differs from the realistic caution that is appropriate in certain situations. Suspicion spread in the public arena fuels fears and widens divisions. Without sufficient cause suspicion robs us of our peace of mind and strains our relationships. It causes us to view others negatively with little evidence and no proof of bad behavior.To live in reality it is important to accept and believe only facts that have been verified about people or situations. Be the facts positive or negative, their accuracy brings us a certain stability and integrity. Jesus told us that “the truth will set you free”. We are free because we are not controlled by worry or anxiety. Knowing the truth, we can choose a realistic course of action. We can judge maturely and act justly. 

Prayer

O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me.
Psalm 43:3

Action

Try to give to others the same trust and freedom of action that you want from them.  Don’t make negative judgments without facts, or support prejudice against groups of people without cause.

Suggested Reading

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
Matthew 7:3

Judge not that you may not be judged.
Matthew 7:1

Suspicion is far more apt to be wrong than right; oftener unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness.
Hosea Ballou

The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.
Winston Churchill

Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.
Abraham Lincoln

The moment there is suspicion about a person’s motives, everything he does becomes tainted.
Mahatma Gandhi

Truth is, I’ll never know all there is to know about you just as you will never know all there is to know about me. Humans are by nature too complicated to be understood fully. So, we can choose either to approach our fellow human beings with suspicion or to approach them with an open mind, a dash of optimism and a great deal of candor.
Tom Hanks

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
Buddha

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
Thomas Jefferson

Truth is the backbone of character.
Henry F. Kletzing

Suspicion is the cancer of friendship.
Petrarch

The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts. It believes in a formindable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person.
Eric Hoffer

I think the pursuit of happiness is the pursuit of reality because illusion never leaves us ultimately happy.
Parker Palmer

We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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