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Judging Others

Such a powerful and insightful statement above. Think about it for a minute.

We don’t talk much about judging others, do we? I suspect that the reason there isn’t much discussion around this topic is because we judge so instinctively and quickly, that we most often don’t even know we’re doing it. Secondly, confessing a judgmental spirit takes great strength of character and vulnerability.

When judgment becomes the default response in our lives, we need to start asking questions of ourselves. Judging others reveals who we are, not who we are judging. If the natural, go-to reaction is one of judgment, we are acting out of our woundedness.

How wise we are to be quiet, look inward and ask the Holy Spirit to unearth the seed that has grown into quick draw judgment.

Conversely, Henry Nouwen lovingly nudges us to take inventory of our day.

Did I offer peace today?

Did I bring a smile to someone’s face?

Did I say words of healing?

Did I let go of my anger and resentment?

Did I forgive?

Did I love?

These are the real questions.   Henri Nouwen

 

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