Browsing through my friends’ FB pages I found myself making statements about certain things and questioning others. I was ashamed of my behavior and literally told myself to stop being so judgmental. I thought that I had beat this thing after studying the chapter on love in 1 Corinthians 13 but apparently I need a refresher course.
The irony is that when I began to look up the antonym for judging and then judgmental I found charitable. In some versions of the bible charity is used in place of love so I began to nod my head in agreement of finding the right word to remember. I then looked up the definition of charitable on Merriam Webster’s website and found that charitable was defined as, ”full of love for and goodwill toward others.” This was further confirmation of my need to revisit 1 Corinthians 13.
The scripture talks about love being patient and kind, not envious nor prideful, not rude nor self seeking, not provoked easily nor thinks evil, does not rejoice in wrongdoing but does rejoice in truth. It further says that, “Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]” (Amplified Version).
That chapter on love summarized how to stop being judgmental with some tough love for myself. If I remember this scripture when I feel that I may judge someone maybe I won’t do it. I tell my patients that they have to replace their old habits with a new positive one. This is mine. If I remember these words more regularly I won’t forget the power of this scripture. I won’t judge so harshly or maybe not at all. When I feel myself slipping back into my old ways I can ask myself, “Is this charitable? Am I showing love?”
Do you struggle in this area, too?
Just another day’s journey of reminding myself to show more love instead of judging others. Peace.
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