How easy it is to judge others! We make “snap” judgments daily – about things like how a person dresses, how he or she speaks, or how “worthy” they are of our attention. What makes us so perfect? What makes us so qualified to judge?

Uncharitable as it may be to think such thoughts, how much worse is it to verbalize them? Once uttered aloud, it can’t be taken back. Once stated for others to hear, feelings are often hurt. We do not know the mind or heart of someone who did what we perceive as wrong. We do not know the harm our comment may cause. It is not our place to judge. WE were not appointed to separate the chaff from the grain!

Whatever our opinion is, whatever we think is our right to criticize…we should stop first and examine our own circumstances. Perhaps someone has thought the very same thing about us! What was in our heart then? What if we had heard the same words against ourselves? How would that make us feel?

“Do not judge lest you be judged.”

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The Prisoner's Prayer Book

Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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