Monday, February 25, 2008

Compassion vs Condemnation

Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For by the standard you judge you will be judged, and the measure you use will be the measure you receive.
Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye, but fail to see the beam of wood in your own?
Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while there is a beam in your own? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. Matthew 7:2-5

It's easy to stand in judgment of others. We criticize the way they dress, the way they speak, their social status, their religion, the color of their skin, their workplace, their education, their weight, their appearance, etc. It somehow makes us feel more holy when we compare ourselves to others. When another believer falls into sin, we even tend to have a condescending attitude that further damages them. We justify this although it does irreversible damage to so many. Even more tragic, imagine the lost person searching for acceptance and forgiveness only to be judged and condemned by a so-called Christian. Where is compassion in the church?

Some quotes to think about...

I'm slipping when I begin taking another person's inventory, not mine.

Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.
-Henry Ward Beecher

Another great verse....
So whenever you speak, or whatever you do, remember that you will be judged by the law of love, the law that set your free. For there will be no mercy for you if you have not been merciful to others. But if you have been merciful, then God's mercy toward you will win out over his judgment against you. James 2:12

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