Do Not Judge Others
Luke 6: 36-38
36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
37 ‘Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.’
Lord, it is so difficult not to past judgment on the people and things that hurt our world. Give me your insight so that I may live as you will.
If you want to find rest here below, and hereafter, in all circumstances say ‘Who am I?’ and do not judge anyone.
—Sayings of the Desert
The Lord’s Treasure
16This very day the Lord your God is commanding you to observe these statutes and ordinances; so observe them diligently with all your heart and with all your soul. 17Today you have obtained the Lord’s agreement: to be your God; and for you to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, his commandments, and his ordinances, and to obey him. 18Today the Lord has obtained your agreement: to be his treasured people, as he promised you, and to keep his commandments; 19for him to set you high above all nations that he has made, in praise and in fame and in honor; and for you to be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised.
Lord, give me the wisdom to be able to identify the treasures of my life.
“The greatest honor we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love.”
― Julian of Norwich
20For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”
21Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
A brother asked Abba Poemen: What does it mean to get angry at one’s brother without cause? And he replied: When your brother attacks you, whatever the insults are, if you get angry at him, you are getting angry without cause. Even if he were to pull out your right eye, and to cut off your right hand, if you get angry at him, you are getting angry without cause. Yet if he were to try to take you away from God, then get angry!
——- Abba Poemen
Prayer Starter — Lord help me to be a person of forgiveness.
- No greater love – Abba Poemen (sayingsoftheorthodoxfathers.wordpress.com)