There are some judgements we have to make in life – who to trust, what opinion to hold, what to believe…
One judgement we do not have to make is about the worth of other people. That is a given, and where the focus takes us in today’s reading.
Yesterday, we thought about ourselves and our own intrinsic worth. Today we consider how that works in our interactions with others.
For, if we are content within ourselves, that puts us in a different place in life. A place where we no longer need to be judging others – because it no longer matters. If our worth is not in “stuff”, then neither is that of others. They are of worth just because they are, and so we no longer need to be evaluating them and their behaviours . They too are of intrinsic worth, and we can see that, not what they do or have.
What freedom that would bring to life, to no longer feel we are seeing how “they” measure up. However tempting, judging others is God’s job, not ours.
37 Jesus said:
Don’t judge others, and God won’t judge you. Don’t be hard on others, and God won’t be hard on you. Forgive others, and God will forgive you. 38 If you give to others, you will be given a full amount in return. It will be packed down, shaken together, and spilling over into your lap. The way you treat others is the way you will be treated.
Come Lord, into our lives and into the world, that this may be so
Do not let dislike dominate your hearts
This year for Advent, some friends and I are using Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Henri J. M. Nouwen. You’re welcome to join us on this journey. Feel free to comment here, or on Twitter using #adventbookclub