Words from the Heart for Wednesday May 27th, 2020
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 7:1-2 (NIV)
Do Not Judge
The Honourable Rosalie Silberman Abella was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004. She is the first Jewish woman appointed to the Court. Justice Abella was born in a Displaced Person’s Camp in Stuttgart, Germany on July 1, 1946. Her family came to Canada as refugees in 1950. She is also the first refugee appointed to the bench in Canada. She is married to Canadian historian Irving Abella and they have two sons, Jacob and Zachary, both lawyers.
Just read the comments to a new story online to notice how quickly we judge others. Many of the comments are personal attacks on the journalist who wrote the article or on someone commented on in the article. They are often biting, crude and bitter. Human beings find it too easy to criticize one another and judge someone simply because of how they look, or the opinion they express. While this is common in the world, it is not to mark the lives of those who belong to Jesus. The Lord said this in Matthew 7:1-2: “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.” Followers of Jesus know that God doesn’t miss a thing. We have been forgiven by God because of Jesus’ death on the cross. God, the perfect judge, knows us perfectly, and knows how guilty of sin we are. In spite of this, when we trust Christ, we are declared innocent. Knowing how much we have been forgiven, we simply cannot then judge others. We need to take these strong words of Jesus seriously.
These have been words from the heart.