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Pastoral Pearls: Understanding versus Judging

Posted by MaryPat Potts on


Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding. Proverbs 3:13

Times are getting messy, that’s for sure. Racism … mixed messages on masking during COVID times … politics … unrest … When things get messy, and human, tempers and judgments seem to flare. What am I as a Christian called to do? I believe I am called to respond with understanding – or at least faith that God understands and can make some sense out of things I cannot. Things are never as black and white as I imagine them to be.

How do I practice understanding versus judgment? One small step is to understand that I can decide what is right for me, but not what is right for someone else. I can never know all of someone else’s story, their unique background, what influences their choices, just as they cannot know mine. A good example is the issue of mask-wearing, as the pandemic enters another phase, I see so many varying views. As a caring expression of God’s love I can only try to understand other’s choices, and to be respectful – whether they choose to wear a mask or not. I don’t know the reasons for their choice. All God asks me to do, at all times, is to treat everyone with love.                        

Jesus, help me to treat others with love,

even when I may not fully understand their choices,

or agree with them.

Help me to pause before I react,

and remember your love for me no matter what.

May I be willing to extend that same love

to those around me who have differing views,

embracing the diversity with which you blessed

our world through your loving creation.  Amen.


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