51. Do You Judge Yourself and Others?
Do you judge yourself? Think of this awhile. Does that judgement include praise or condemnation? Think back on how you have felt over doing it. Is it about what you should do or be or look or act like? How is that going for you? What good has come out of it? I know, we all have done so at some point or another. Luke 6:45 states "a good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks."
The harder or even the hardest question to face is how you judge others. As the verse in the last paragraph stated you can speak forth evil as that's coming out of your heart. It's easy to condemn when you feel condemned yourself. Hurts to even write it. Been there. Done it. Watching that person in a gathering with pursed lips, solemn facial expression and a blank stare now brings forth compassion instead of condemnation, 'for out of the abundance of the heart his (or her) mouth speaks.' Her expression was that of anger. She had been hurt and now was expressing it to others. Hurt people hurt people.
What is the solution to judging yourself or others? Matthew 12:37 "for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." Ouch! The Bible tells to judge our own sin before judging others. With the judgement you give, you will also be judged with. It would help if you knew the reason the other is acting the way they are. Often the roots or the beginning of the way they act - or the way you act came out of how you/they were brought up. That's how much Adverse Childhood Experiences, ACEs can affect with those far reaching consequences.
Proverbs 10:11 "The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, ...." Your mouth and your actions can be a well of life when they provide comfort, confidence and peace to the hurt.
Allow your thoughts, words, plans and actions provide caring and love to yourself for your were created out of love! Jesus commanded to "love your neighbor as yourself," Matthew 22:39. You truly are worthy for He loves you and died for you!
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