30 May 2021

Do Not Judge. Or Else

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.

When advice comes in the form of a threat, a prudent man will pause. Threats are warnings of the harm that will come from a particular action or choice. When someone promises harm, one should take notice.

"Do not....or else"--that is the essence of this verse. Do not judge or else you will be judged--and we are given a none-too-subtle intimation that we do not want to be judged. That is a threat by definition.

Do not judge. Or else.

16 May 2021

Honor Each Other: A Call To Civility

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

People do not live alone. We form friendships. We form families. We form communities. Out of our friendships, families, and communities, we build societies. People have always done this, and likely always will. It is our nature, as essential to our being as breathing.

02 May 2021

Forgiveness: Justice For The Sake Of Us All

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Merriam Webster defines "forgive" as follows:
to cease to feel resentment against (an offender)
Forgiveness does not imply pretending the offense never happened; for that we need forgetfulness.

Forgiveness does not even suggest the offense does not matter.  Forgiveness merely means one chooses not to be angry.

Why must we forgive? Why should we not be angry at those who wrong us?