Ye judge after the flesh, I judge no man. John 8:15
Guilt, shame and remorse are feelings experienced by normal people when they feel they have done something wrong or are not acting in a reasonable way. For the average Joe you see on the street on the path to self-destruction, they know they are on a dangerous path so they really don’t need you to point fingers at them or whisper when they pass by you.
People behave the way they do for a particular reason, there are lots of damaged people out there who out of hurt, bitterness and rebellion go about like they don’t care. They are sarcastic, angry and difficult to get along with. But if you take time to get to know them you will find out they are just sad people in need of love and affirmation.
What are our responsibilities to such people whether they are loved ones, co-workers or neighbors:
Unconditional love has always been one of the best ways to show people around you that you value them above their misconduct. Unconditional love is not about ignoring people’s misconduct but rather approaching them from a love point of view.
“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” F.Scott Fitzgerald
Sometimes try to put your-self in the other person shoes, how do your think you would have reacted to the experience that person had. E.g. A man in your neighborhood lost his wife and child in a car crash, two months later he started drinking heavily and disturbs the neighborhood whenever he gets drunk. This carried on for years that even families that are new in that environment have had to call the authorities several time to arrest him for the disturbances. My point is, it is very easy for you to judge another human being without knowing the root cause of their problem.
For a lot of us who have loved ones who are a pain in the butt, I totally understand what it’s like. I have a brother who has behaviors that are frustrating for not only me but the rest of my family. At a certain point I realized I couldn’t change him and that if I was to expect change I need only pray for him and be patient. Surprisingly he did show improvement in his behavior he was less domineering and aggressive.
“Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners.”
I know there is a phrase that says, “Respect is not demanded but earned” but we still need to respect those around us even if they don’t deserve it. It makes them feel loved and valued. For example you should still greet the cranky old man or woman on your street who always hauls insults at people. Treat people with respect always, I can remember a scene from the movie pretty woman where Julia Roberts was sent out of a store because she didn’t look like someone who could afford their clothes. Many of us are like that, we treat people based on how they look without getting to know them.
5) SELF LOVE/ACCEPTANCE
It has often been said that the most judgmental people are often people who are insecure and are the biggest critics of themselves. Love can only come from within, if you don’t love and accept who you are, you will find it difficult to love others or tolerate their flaws.
I have a related post Understanding Mercy
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