Daily Meditation: March 8, 2015

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Towards a Nonjudgmental life

One of the hardest spiritual tasks is to live without prejudices. Sometimes we aren’t even aware how deeply rooted our prejudices are. We may think that we relate to people who are different from us in colour, religion, sexual orientation, or lifestyle as equals, but in concrete circumstances our spontaneous thoughts, uncensored words, and knee-jerk reactions often reveal that our prejudices are still there.

Strangers, people different than we are, stir up fear, discomfort, suspicion, and hostility. They make us lose our sense of security just by being “other.” Only when we fully claim that God loves us in an unconditional way and look at “those other persons” as equally loved can we begin to discover that the great variety in being human is an expression of the immense richness of God’s heart. Then the need to prejudge people can gradually disappear.

Henri J. M. Nouwen

Text excerpts taken from Bread for the Journey, by Henri J.M. Nouwen , © 1997 HarperSanFrancisco. All Scripture from The Jerusalem Bible ©1966, 1967, and 1968 Darton, Longman & Todd and Doubleday & Co. Inc. Photo by V. Dobson. Scripture chosen by L. Yeskoo.

For further reflection …

For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in [another’s] eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to [another], “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when all the while there is a plank in your own…? – Matthew 7: 2-4 (NIV)

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2 Responses to Daily Meditation: March 8, 2015

  1. Sonya says:

    The scripture used today for this reading keeps popping into my head because I’m trying to MEASURE with overflowing by pressing down into my measuring cup and have even more to spill. I keep wondering if I have the plank in my eye. Very impacting verse for me in my personal reflections. Thanks.

  2. Eric says:

    Yes judgement happens in so many ways. I personally judge people on habits like smoking, wasting money or gambling, when I have some pretty bad habits like watching too much TV, eating too much or having a few too many beers. We see our way as the best and I tend to justify some of the judgement based on biblical principals, when Matthew 7: 2-4 is the applicable principal I should be applying.

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