March 3

Reflection

During this Lent, let us fast from suspicion and feast on truth.

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

Prayer

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

Action

I will try to give to others the same trust and freedom of action that I seek from them. I will not make negative judgments without cause.

Suggested Reading

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

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

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

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

Suspicion is most often useless pain.
Samuel Johnson

Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.
Abraham Lincoln

 

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