Skip to comments.Imitation of Christ: 1. 14, Avoiding Rash Judgment [Devotional]
Posted on 09/18/2007 7:20:15 AM PDT by Salvation
Avoiding Rash Judgment
We frequently judge that things are as we wish them to be, for through personal feeling true perspective is easily lost.
If God were the sole object of our desire, we should not be disturbed so easily by opposition to our opinions. But often something lurks within or happens from without to draw us along with it.
Many, unawares, seek themselves in the things they do. They seem even to enjoy peace of mind when things happen according to their wish and liking, but if otherwise than they desire, they are soon disturbed and saddened. Differences of feeling and opinion often divide friends and acquaintances, even those who are religious and devout.
An old habit is hard to break, and no one is willing to be led farther than he can see.
If you rely more upon your intelligence or industry than upon the virtue of submission to Jesus Christ, you will hardly, and in any case slowly, become an enlightened man. God wants us to be completely subject to Him and, through ardent love, to rise above all human wisdom.
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THE IMITATION OF CHRIST
A very powerful spiritual guidance for the soul who seeks to imitate Jesus Christ.
Learn from me, because I am meek and humble of heart. Mat. 11:29
**TURN your attention upon yourself and beware of judging the deeds of other men, for in judging others a man labors vainly, often makes mistakes, and easily sins; whereas, in judging and taking stock of himself he does something that is always profitable.**
There go half of my posting on FR! LOL!
Thanks for the Daily meditation, Salvation.
It’s my pleasure. And give credit to the Lord who inspired aKempis in the first place.
Got to thinking about my post there. (Losing over half my posts on FR.)
There comes a time when and where the facts must be presented to non-believer, for example, about the Immaculate Conception or about the Stations of the Cross. When we present these facts I don’t think we are in rash judgment over other people — I just think we are presenting the truth in the name of education and evangelization.
Any thoughts?? Anyone??
I believe we are required to bear witness to the truths we believe as Christians.
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God wants us to be completely subject to Him and, through ardent love, to rise above all human wisdom.**
Is this "Let go of things and Listen to God" attitude one that doesn't make it through to the secular world? They want to solve everything themselves, but can't and then slowly sink into a depression? Is this what is happening out there?
While I agree with this, I also think it is crucial to spread the faith and point out if you see others taking actions in their lives that lead them away from God. Obviously, God will judge them someday, but we do have a right to spread the faith and differentiate right from wrong.