Judge tenderly, if you must. There is usually a side
you have not heard, a story you know nothing about,
and a battle waged that you are not having to fight.
~ Traci Lea Larussa
All of us have made mistakes.
All of us have made errors of judgement.
All of us have hurt another person. At one time or another,
all of us have behaved less than admirably.
~ David Hamilton
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged,
and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Matthew 7 v 1-2
When I think judgmental and unkind thoughts,
may I quiet ourselves in the Father’s embrace
and hear Him speaking to me.
How can I know the pain and struggle in another’s heart?
How can I understand another’s innermost fears and longings?
How can I know of tears unshed and needs unmet?
How can I see another’s deepest pain and childhood anguish?
When unkind thoughts rise up within me, may I ask
my Heavenly Father to heal those areas of need in my life,
and then ask Him to fill me with His unconditional love
for the other person, for that person too is His precious lamb.
That one too, He carries close to His heart.
This is such an ‘owchy’ subject. Criticism is ‘the act
of expressing disapproval and of noting the problems
or faults of a person or thing’. I want to be healed of doing this.
I really want to change in this area, as reach I out with empty hands
to touch the hem of the garment of the King of Love,
for He alone can forgive me,
fill me with His grace and heal me of this trait.