Journal Entry ~ 08/31/19

37 "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;
38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you." - Luke 6:37-38

Hopefully, we've started to truly recognized those places in our lives we tend to judge. They're everywhere. Spending a few days meditating on this verse and on judgment has certainly raised my awareness. I'm thinking about it more so I'm noticing it more. 

As I'm capturing my thoughts, I'm trying to shift my focus from one of pride (I'm better than them) to one of prayer for them. When we pray for a person, or even a group of people, God does an amazing work in our heart - it's why we are told to pray for our enemies. Your heart is softened toward that person or people, and God reveals to you what you haven't been able to see before. He gives you a glimpse of the person through Jesus' eyes if you're willing to look, and He can completely change your perspective. Whoever they are - from frustrating co-worker to an entire class of people - they were created by God just as we were to fulfill a specific purpose. God is not finished with them yet, just as He's not finished with us. Our judgment stands in the way of that finishing work - both in our hearts and in the hearts of those people. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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