“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”Luke 6:37 NIV
A forgiving spirit demonstrates that a person has received God’s forgiveness. Jesus used the picture of measuring grain in a basket to ensure the full amount. If we are critical rather than compassionate, we will also receive criticism. If we treat others generously, graciously, and compassionately, however, these qualities will come back to us in full measure. We are to love others, not judge them. (Tyndale Study Bible)
One of the important principles in the Bible is seed time and harvest. Through time it’s about you reap what you sow.
Two things come to mind when I read this Scripture.
Consider your world, nothing around you just happens. The lawn does not mow itself. You don’t achieve success at work by sitting around. You don’t have a great marriage by accident. Your kids don’t turn out great by accident. There are thousands of examples I can refer to you. Every single thing above needs a clear and concise plan and takes effort and commitment. If you want to succeed in anything, it takes work and dedication. Nothing in our worlds just happens. Yes, we receive blessings daily. It comes from good that we have done at some stage. I am sure you get my point. Think of this for a moment, are you going just become a good knowledgeable Christian? A Spiritual father to many? No, it’s going to take hours of interaction and time in God’s word. It is the only way you will learn and develop skill. Work at it.
Secondly, if you read the scripture above you will notice an underlying element. That is the element of “Love”. Apart from the Bible that says so, will you do the things above if you love unconditionally? I don’t think so. Something I noticed over the years, that we are quick to criticise, and we are always trying to justify our position. I learnt that soon as you are trying to defend, you are most probably wrong. If you right just move on.
None of us are perfect so who gives us the right to judge. A forgiving nature is far more valuable.
” Lord I pray that you fill my heart with love. So that I can care rather than condemn. Amen”