23 Jun Don’t Judge All Judgement (Mt 7:1) by Dr. Rich Reich
“Stop judging, that you may not be judged.” ~ Mt 7:1 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: Matthew 7:1 is one of the most recognized verses in the Bible, but unfortunately, it is also the most often misapplied verse. People sometimes misinterpret this verse thinking that if you want to follow Jesus then you cannot judge anyone in any sense. Jesus was not condemning all judgement. He was condemning being hypocritical in judgement. He condemns the tendency that all humans have to judge others more severely than we judge ourselves. Our Lord asks us to judge both consistently and mercifully. As Christians we are called to comfort those who are suffering; console those who have suffered loss; forgive those who ask for pardon; forbear with those who hurt us, even if they are not sorry; admonish the sinner; and educate the ignorant (Mt 25:31-46; Corporal Works of Mercy, CCC 2447). Abortion is sinful, and as pro-lifers we should judge this horrible sin consistently and mercifully. We need to comfort those mothers, fathers, and family members who are suffering because of abortion. We need to console those who have suffered the loss of their unborn child. We need to forgive those who have had an abortion and admonish those who are considering one. And we need to educate everyone who is ignorant of the evil of abortion.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Full bio.
Faith Challenge: Judge abortion consistently and mercifully. Show mercy to those impacted by this horrible sin.
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Faith Quote: “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” ~ Mother Teresa
Through Christ our Lord,