Spiritual Practice


Elizabeth Mann, 21

We tend to judge by outward appearances. We see other people and immediately stereotype them or form our own opinions about who they are. Meanwhile, we miss out on the opportunity of getting to know them. The Bible tells us what to do when we are faced with the choice to judge or to accept people as they are: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Luke 6:31 (NIV)

Most of us have heard The Golden Rule. The context of the passage in Luke involves loving our enemies, which goes far beyond treating others as we want to be treated. Not judging is more than treating people nicely and saying all the right things. It involves genuine love that is not self-seeking or self-serving. Choosing not to judge but to serve people as Jesus did requires sacrifice. It requires looking past our own needs and desires and deciding to do what is best for someone else.

Let’s choose to go the extra mile, loving others as Christ loved us. Christ forgave even those who nailed him to the cross.


PRAYER: Jesus, teach us to love others as you have loved us. Amen.

—from devozine (July/August 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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