Aldersgate United Methodist Church

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Drinking From The Sacred Well

A Daily Devotional, 10-19-2020 (Monday)

 

Even if, even if you don't love me

Forgiveness, forgiveness

Forgiveness, forgiveness

Forgiveness, forgiveness

~Don Henley




Fr. Seraphim Rose of the Russian Orthodox Church once said, and I love these words, “Don’t criticize or judge other people – regard everyone else as an angel, justify their mistakes and weaknesses, and condemn only yourself as the worst sinner.”

 

I talk and preach a lot about forgiveness and on Jesus’ command to us to not judge others because the human race is really bad about these two Jesus truths--forgive and don’t judge others.  Maybe a bracelet around our wrist that reads, “Don’t judge!  Forgive!” might be helpful.  Or maybe a little zapper that zaps us for every missed opportunity to forgive and every time we judge some.  There must be something out there to help us in this area of our faith walk with Jesus.

 

Well, guess what?  There is someone out there to help us and to remind us of these things, it is the Holy Spirit.  The Bible says, “The Holy Spirit will give you the words to say at the moment when you need them.” The problem is we are not listening.  Our minds are on more important things, like hurt feelings, our low self-esteem, and even our damaged emotions.  Find healing today, and listen to the bidding of the Holy Spirit today.

 

Let’s pray: It is me again God.  Forgiving and not judging others is a lot of hard work.  It seems these bitter roots are deep within me.  I need your guidance and your words to speak forgiveness and encouragement.  Be with me as I do my best to look upon others with grace.  Amen.

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