September 10, 2015
The good news for today
Jesus reminds you: “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you” (Luke 6)
Someone studied it, and tells us that we make some 40 to 50 thousand decisions in a day. These are judgments, designed to direct our words, our behavior, and our morality.
Instinctively, we make judgments. It is built into you. You need to affirm that this person is good (for you) or dangerous (for you) or necessary (for you), or inspiring, depressing, or instructive.
It’s people in front of you, though, whom Jesus is talking about—not sunsets, commercials or stock markets. You judge people, but…?
Look at the people around you, and ask yourself what your judgments are: Do you see other people as really your equals, as your brothers and sisters? Do you enjoy differences—which people offer you as gifts? Do you find your enemies enriching you? Do you make the effort to avoid condemning, blaming or getting back?
Do you overcome all that with a readiness to understand, to feel quick, authentic forgiveness, and to excuse people, finding a reason for compassion, rather than disdain or “judgment”?
In doing this kind of spirit, or attitude, you offer a gift to others—and get it back in return. The Good News means exchanging these gifts, this mutually rewarding enhancement of one another. It starts with you.