Keller: We all stand to gain by being less judgemental

Published 12:02 am Saturday, June 4, 2016

I consider it a privilege to have had the opportunity to write articles in the L’Observateur for over 30 years.

The most important thing it has done for me is it made me realize all my character defects.

Today, as I write about being judgmental, I’m convinced that I haven’t made much progress in this area.

Please allow me to share the following quotes that I received years ago as I attended a Christian retreat: 

1 – Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

2 – If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

3 – Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.

4 – Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong.

5 – It is only an error in judgment to make a mistake, but it shows weakness of character to adhere to it when discovered.

6 – A major advantage of age is learning to accept people without passing judgment.

7 – It is just as cowardly to judge an absent person as it is wicked to strike a defenseless one. Only the ignorant and narrow-minded gossip, for they speak of persons instead of things.

8 – We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.

A warning about judging should get all of our attention as in Matthew 7:12. “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

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