Judge Not, Lest Ye be Judged

Today’s verse:    Ephesians 4:29  Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

It is difficult in today’s world to keep your chin up and stay positive.   Social media drags us down whenever someone’s opinion is different from ours.  We get angry reading posts that go against our opinion.  The election has divided this nation in ways we haven’t seen in our lifetime.  Even the mention of politics makes me excuse myself from the conversation.

Anger is not good for us or for our health.  It can add to depression and anxiety, lead to or increase addictions, and make us compensate by indulging in bad habits, such as over-eating.   We need to let the anger go.  We need to keep open minds.  How do we do that?   How do we stay healthy and positive in a negative world?

We should not judge someone based on their politics, religion, choice of lifestyle, or any other “opinion” they may have.  Try to be fair, listen to others, and most of all, keep an open mind.  This is what Jesus taught.  It is not our place to judge others – that is up to God.  I cannot say it any better than this verse from Romans 14: 1-13. Read it, absorb it, and live by it for a happier, healthier you!   Blessings to all!

1 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3 The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand. One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. 10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister ? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written: “ ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’ ” 12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. 13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.

 

 

 

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