February 8

Reflection

We live in a society where compassion and collaboration are often categorized as weakness. Witness the behavior of those in the political arena who are entrusted with the common good. To compromise on a solution is seen as “backing down”. Judgments are freely publicized often without a basis in fact. Consider the blatantly false statements that are excused by the term:” I misspoke”, an accepted euphemism for “I lied.” “Do not judge” is not an invitation to inaction. There are instances when we must make a judgment, but often our judgment can fall short either because we see only the external or because we lack objectivity. Jesus reminds us to be slow in judging and condemning people. He balances the facts with compassion and is able to adapt to particular situations. “The one who is without sin among you, let that one be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7) It is important to let our belief in Christ’s message keep  our judgments and words in balance.

Prayer

Soften my heart and clear my vision, O God, that I may be compassionate and judge rightly.

Action

Is there a place in my life where harsh judgment has broken a relationship or supported a biased view? How can I heal this problem? How can I keep what I hear in the public arena in balance?

Suggested Reading

Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.
Luke 6:36-38

 When you look for the best in others, you bring out the best in yourself.
Betsy Boggs

No accurate thinker will judge another person by that which the other person’s enemies say about him.
Napoleon Hill

You know, there’s a lot of talk in this country about the federal deficit. But I think we should talk more about our empathy deficit — the ability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes; to see the world through the eyes of those who are different from us.
Barack Obama

The tendency to turn human judgments into divine commands makes religion one of the most dangerous forces in the world.
Georgia Harkness

If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
Margaret Thatcher

Don’t change your mind just because people are offended; change your mind if you’re wrong.
Criss Jami

To be persuasive we must be believable;
to be believable we must be creditable;
to be credible we must be truthful.
Edward R. Murrow

Understanding comes with compassion and compassion comes with truthfulness”
Amit Abraham

 

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