Thoughtful Thursday-love, forgive and do not condemn (sounds exhausting!)

Judge not, and you will not be

This is, for me, one of the hardest verses to swallow. I feel pretty certain that I’m not alone here. Am I right?!

I don’t watch much TV (just usually at night with my husband to unwind). I have, however, recently noticed magazine covers at the grocery store with photos of a past olympian who is apparently going through gender reassignment. How as Christians should we react either in verbiage or thought? I have come to this conclusion…We should love. Plain and simple. For at the end of the day, it’s not my job to judge him or anyone else for that matter. Would I choose this for my life? No. But that is my own personal choice. It’s my job as a Christian to love others, so the love of Jesus can be seen through me.

 John 13:34-35 says this: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

Forgiving others. Whoa. Another big pill to swallow. Praying for those whom we need to forgive is a great start. This softens your heart to the person and situation and really creates self-healing. I don’t want to my heart to be strangled by an unforgiving spirit. I challenge you to add one person to your prayer list this week that you struggle with forgiving. For me, it’s a coworker who is rude to everyone he comes in contact with. He has flung hateful words at me too. Thankfully, my 40 year-old self is here and my 20 year-old self, or I would have a whole lot of praying to do to be forgiven for the words that I would speak! I am polite to him despite of his actions and I am resolved to the fact that praying for him is the right thing to do. I can’t control his actions or words, only mine.

Lord, please help me to be mindful of my words and thoughts and not to be judgmental of others, lest I be judged. Help me to have a forgiving spirit, loving others as God has created them. I pray this for myself and all those reading this.

After all, how can I expect to be forgiven, if I can’t forgive.

-Remember to liveHislove

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