Love More and Judge Less!

20/05/2022 00:00 - 23:00

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” – I John 4:7-8 (NIV).

“Why don’t you visit your Aunt!” The mother asked her daughter on a call. “She says that she rarely sees you yet she loves you!”

“The reason I rarely visit Aunt is because she is so jugdemental,” replied the daughter. “Everytime I visit her I feel she is judging me- my hair, my friends, my decisions..If judging is what she calls love then I don’t know!”

There can sometimes be a thin line when it comes to judging and love. Of course there are certain and quite obvious actions which one must judge. When the Pharisees brought to Jesus a woman who had been caught in adultery after rebuking them, he bent down to the woman and declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin” (John 8:11). Clearly, adultery was a life style which the Lord would not condone.

However, there was something about the attitude of the Pharisees who were apparently more eager to judge and condemn the adulterous woman than restore her to grace. They must have been disappointed when Jesus let her off the hook. Paul would clarify the matter better when he later wrote, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus..” (Romans 8:1).

Going back to the Aunt and the niece is that the relationship has thawed because one feels always condemned. Who of us would be eager to visit someone who seems always quick to find us at fault! But if we know that this person is more interested in showing love to us, than putting us in the right place, one can easily look forward to the visit. It will be uplifting.

As believers other than centering on being judgmental like the Pharisees, the Apostle Peter has advised us, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins” (I Peter 4:8)

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that with the help of the Holy Spirit I am more loving than judgmental, for love covers a multitude of wrongs, this I pray in Jesus’s name.