Judging Others

Luke 6: 36-38
Dn 9:4-10 / Ps 79

For the measure with which you measure, will in return be measured out to you.
(Luke 6:38)

The good in some we may discount
If we always tend to criticize;
We all shall be called to account
At the judgment seat of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.” (Lk. 6:36-38)

Reflection

After teaching His disciples how to treat their enemies, Jesus next taught them how to treat their own friends who have offended them or behaved wrongfully. And His message consisted of: mercy, forgiveness, generosity and discernment. First of all, our Lord cautions us not to be judgmental. To be able to reject all kinds of injustice and unrighteousness, we must learn instead how to be discerning of what is good and evil. Through faith in God’s justice, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will be able to determine what is right and wrong. Then we can teach, encourage and rebuke with authority. But it is always in humble supplication and a heart predisposed to mercy that we will receive this gift of sound judgment. Jesus told His disciples, “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I am sorry,’ forgive him.” (Lk.17:3-4) We must never tolerate what is wrong, but we must always be predisposed to forgive the repentant wrongdoer.

Sis. Baby told of a trying period in her student days when she was wrongly judged by her religious superiors of having stolen the money of a classmate. She never told her parents about it, and decided to suffer the humiliation and punishment alone. But young as she was, she firmly believed that the truth would prevail, and soon enough the real culprit, another classmate with a problem of kleptomania admitted to the felony. Sis. Baby never harbored any bitterness, but graciously accepted the apologies of her superiors, her faith in God’s mercy fortified in her early years.

During this season of Lent, let us seek to form a more merciful heart, rather than a judgmental one; let us be predisposed to forgive rather than condemn; and let us give of ourselves with compassion, without counting the cost. If we can do all these, then we will have made Lent more significant, and our merciful and forgiving Father in heaven will surely pour out His immeasurable generosity into our life. This is our Lord’s firm and dependable promise.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for teaching us that there is only one standard by which we can judge others, and that is by judging our own motives. During this short period of Lent, may we be constantly reminded to cleanse our hearts and minds of all negative attitudes, and abide always in Your words to be merciful, forgiving, generous and kind to everyone. Amen.

2 Responses to “Judging Others”

  1. jun  on March 5th, 2007

    There was a time i had a misunderstanding with a co-worker. It was about an issue that neither of us can prove or disprove but we both stood our ground. And we had a rift. I came to my senses and asked forgiveness for any hurt I’ve caused and she asked for forgiveness too. And we agreed that we disagreed. It was a most liberating experience.

  2. Blogie  on March 14th, 2007

    In my experience, it’s pride that keeps us from realizing that forgiveness is key. It’s what keeps relationships moving forward. I had a similar experience, but our rift lasted 2 years! And I felt so ashamed when my friend took the first step towards reconciliation. But yes, it was a very liberating experience.