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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
In speaking to His disciples, Jesus said, “Make sure you don’t judge or condemn others. If you don’t, you won’t be judged and condemned by others.” But He concludes the passage with a mandate to His followers. He said, “Forgive and you will be forgiven.”
I don’t know why it is, but it seems like we were all built with a judge-o-meter inside of us. We’re so quick to judge the faults we see in others when we can’t see the same fault in our own life. Certainly when Jesus spoke these words He was revoking whatever right we thought we had to judge others. What He told us was that it was His will that we FORGIVE. He didn’t put a limit on what we were to FORGIVE, and He never said we weren’t to FORGIVE a certain offense ever. NO! He just commanded you and me to be FORGIVERS. Somehow, I believe we are the most like Jesus and the most surprising to others when we FORGIVE. Perhaps you disagree, but I would be quick to point you to the scripture on top. After reading it again, only you can decide between “The Right To JUDGE vs. The Mandate To FORGIVE.”
I’ll go with You on this one, even though it goes against my flesh. I will FORGIVE! Amen