No one likes to be judged. It is never a good feeling to have someone think they know what is going on in your life and try to “straighten you out” without even so much as meaningfully listening to you. The truth of the matter is, most times when we are doing things that are not right we already know it. But what motivates us to change is not being judged for what we are doing, but rather, being understood and loved in the midst of our failure. What we really long for, what we really need, is to be understood and heard. That is what motivates change. Condemnation only leads to resistance; kindness leads to change. Realizing this, how do we treat others? Do we judge others without knowing their situations and assume our harshness will lead to change? Do we jump to conclusions about behaviors we see without even the benefit of trying to understand? It is likely that we all react like this sometimes. But, this is not okay. Jesus tells us that we will be judged in the same way we judge and with the same measure. If we make up our mind without giving someone a chance then that is what will be done to us. So what measure should we use? Here is a hint, it is golden. Please join us this Saturday as we discuss The Measure You Use.
September 22, 2011
Saturday 9.24.11 @ Gather