Thursday, October 22, 2009

On Being Judgmental

I think it's been incredibly hard for many of us to fight being judgmental in today's polarized world. This quote might be helpful, as it was to me:

“It is a fearful thing to hate whom God hath loved. To look upon another his weaknesses, his sins, his faults, his defects is to look upon one who is suffering. He is suffering from negative passions, from the same sinful human corruption from which you yourself suffer. This is very important: do not look upon him with judgmental eyes of comparison, noting the sins you assume you’d never commit. Rather, see him as a fellow sufferer, a fellow human being who is in need of the very healing of which you are in need. Help him, love him, pray for him do unto him as you would have him do unto you.”
–Attributed to St. Tikhon of Zadonsk (1724 – 1783)

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