“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:” (Luke 6: 37)
Jesus clearly did not approve of judgment, of passing sentence on others based on personal perceptions. He saw that in order to feel true harmony and peace in one’s own life, one could not go about treating others poorly or even seeing them as unworthy, meriting condemnation, or unforgivable.
This admonition was not merely about being a good human being. Jesus’s teachings were based on the law of Love. One cannot be loyal to God and in line with His harmonious Life if he is not recognizing and acknowledging God’s unopposed goodness. Jesus knew that God was the One and Only Mind and Life, and to condemn and judge was to acknowledge and accept a power and presence apart from God, good, and to attempt to separate man from His Creator.
Take this loving advice from the Master and utilize it toward others and also most diligently toward yourself. Are you living your life or judging it? Are you honoring yourself as a child of God or condemning yourself as some mistaken, miserable mortal? Are you lovingly forgiving your human ignorances and embracing yourself with the Truth that reforms and informs, naturally and lovingly?
Release yourself from the need to judge and be judged. Leaving this unnecessary activity behind will give you the time, energy, enthusiasm, and ability to really live and to give—joyously, freely, productively, gratefully!
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