A READER ASKS
“Dear Lord, even though I’ve always considered myself a kindhearted person, I’ve been making a lot of snap judgments about others lately—and none of them have been kind. I assumed my friend was being vain for posting dozens of pictures of her mother and herself on Facebook during her recent vacation, only to learn her mom has terminal cancer and may never make it to the beach again. Even worse: I went to a basket bingo at the local fire hall last night and immediately thought, What a waste! when the door prize of a spa massage and manicure was won by an older man. Imagine my horror when he told the crowd he’d been jobless for months and couldn’t wait to give the gift certificate to his wife for her birthday. I didn’t even need a free massage and I still made another false assumption. Please help my grudging heart!”
Wisdom of the Word
Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.
—Paul in a letter to the Romans, 14:10
We understand and yet…
We know it’s wrong to pass judgment, but we keep condemning others unfairly. We jump to conclusions and think the worst of people, even when they’ve given us no just cause. It’s as if our compassion falls by the wayside. What’s the secret to being consistently tenderhearted?