August 25 / Proverbs 25 / Luke 12

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Proverbs 25:7c-8

That which your eyes see, don’t be quick to bring out an accusation, lest what will you do in the future, when your neighbor humiliates you?

As Christ followers, we should never be quick to accuse.

I’ve made this mistake so many freakin’ times it makes me sick.

My goal has been to not judge at all, one nanometer, until I have talked face to face with the person to judge. Even then, I’m not suppose to judge per se, but can make a wise choice or discernment if needed.

I’ve thought for a while how our media culture breeds us to be judgmental of people we don’t know, or who we have never met. It ranges from the ridiculous of how bad someone looks on the beach to “look who got caught drinking and driving.”

I’m trying to coach our daughters against this fruitless endeavor-making judgments upon people we’ve never met. What is the point? What good comes of it? I guess we can use examples of what not to do whenever we witness a life gone awry, a life lived against God’s principles. But we don’t need to condemn anybody to do that do we? There’s no possible way we can know the billions of factors that have contributed to the person’s present moment right in front of us now.  We can love someone while at the same time coach our children to not make their same bad choices, to learn from others’ mistakes whenever you can.

May we be characterized as people who do not accuse, judge, or condemn, but who love, hope, forgive, and give the benefit of the doubt. Isn’t that much more powerful than the world’s alternative? Does love not cover a multitude of sins???

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Luke 12:21

Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.

A rich relationship with God.

You have nothing better to spend your time and energy on.

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