Daily Dose, March 25 — Going Deeper

One day Jesus was teaching the crowds about love, about how to love one another; to allow love to define us and be the foundation of all our relationships. He boiled it down to two don’ts and one do. “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)

There are two things that can really get in the way of love -- judgement and condemnation. One of the most damaging things we can do to anyone is to take the position of being their judge and jury. God never gave us a magnifying glass or sent us out to put others under the magnifying glass looking for flaws and imperfections. As a matter fact, if we start to have such a critical eye, chances are pretty good that we aren’t loving like Jesus taught us to love.

There is one judge -- only one -- who is able to sit on the judgement seat, and a day will come when we all will stand before God and face the righteous judge. We will all have that moment, and we are able to approach that moment due to the grace of God, which leads us to Jesus’ teaching: Do! Do forgive!

“Forgive and you will be forgiven.”

Don’t judge, don’t condemn! DO FORGIVE!

Jesus is pretty straight forward and direct. His words and teaching are understandable but can be hard to live out. Maybe it could be easier if we looked at it this way, do to others what you want done to you. Don’t judge; you don’t like being judged. Don’t condemn anyone; you don’t want anyone to condemn you.  Forgive! You have been forgiven! As forgiven people, let us love one another! -- Rev. Terri Henkel