Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged: it’s not what you think – Life Lesson #63

Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged: it’s not what you think – Life Lesson #63

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We’ve all heard the phrase “judge not lest ye be judged”, or some variation of it – coming from the Bible and found in a couple of places; most popular (if that’s a thing) in Matthew 7:1.

I am not now a (conventionally?) religious person, by choice; however, I am human and do follow a spiritual path that I believe is a good one. I’m stating this for the record, though I don’t have to. My point here is that this post is about those who judge, having nothing to do with any religious affiliation – simply human behavior.

Judge Not Lest Ye Be JudgedJudge Not Lest Ye Be Judged.

This isn’t the first time I’ve written about this and the power of the phrase in my life. It’s a life lesson I learned a long time ago, though it is still something I struggle with because I am human – prone to willful human behavior.

Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged.

In last week’s post, we talked about taking the time to make sure you were aware of all sides of the story before rushing to believe (whatever). I mentioned that we’d be talking about the “McJudgy McJudgertons” this week and so here we are.

Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged.

A powerful phrase.

But do you know what it means? I discovered several years ago that lots of folks get it wrong – including me for some time. I know it seems obvious…

Don’t judge. Period.

In a perfect world, none of us would.

  • No bullies.
  • No body image issues.
  • No anxiety.
  • No rude society…

Perhaps.

But we live in an imperfect world and so we must do what we can to NOT judge, the best we can.

Because…

When you judge another, you give that person (and anyone else, for that matter), the right to judge you back.

Don’t like her face and open your mouth about it? Well, she can rail on you all she wants about whatever it is that is wrong with you…

(for example…I don’t like to disparage so my example was a tad lame.)

Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged.

Have I judged? Heck yah. More times than I care to count. Without thinking. Without cause. Without provocation, even.

But I’ve also been judged. Wrongly, stupidly, insanely for the flat out most ridiculous reasons and with no way to react… (there are two life lessons mixed in here; we’ll get to those.)

It’s no fun.

And I learned long ago that I really don’t want anyone else to feel the way that I do when I am being judged. Even if I have the right to judge (whomever) for having judged me. So, while I’m certainly not perfect (merely human) and it can be a struggle, I work really hard not to judge.

And honestly? For as non-religious as I am these days, I do believe that there is only one being capable of sitting in judgement of me; someday I’ll meet this entity. And at that time, I will be safe in the knowledge that I did the best I could – as humanly possible, anyway.

And if I’m wrong about that “someday”, who cares? Why would I want to be anything other than a good human who doesn’t judge others (or tries really hard not to) and therefore has no reason to be judged by others?

~ Cheers

Sandra Lynn

 

 


Image above via Death to StockPhoto – and truth? When I received this image in my monthly pack, I thought I would never use it. EVER. I judged it, harshly. Without going into the details of why, let’s just say that I was wrong. I now see that it is perfect; especially for this post. Looking at this image now, I see the potential of the plant and all that it could be as it grows. And no matter how it grows, it certainly won’t be judged by me. 🙂

I Am a Work in Progress...Always!Have you judged or been judged? How do you work through it all…

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