“I do not play the condemnation game, not because I do not love the spirit of competition, but simply because unconditional love has none.” ~ Curtis Tyrone Jones …
Although condemnation is not a game… it often seems that many individuals enjoy participating in it as if it were. Which really begs the question: “Why is it so easy to stand in judgment and condemnation of others when we make so many mistakes ourselves?”
We are called to show forgiveness and unconditional love towards each other as Christians, and as brothers and sisters. And condemning others not only brings us further from our calling, it is also a waste of time and energy that would be much better spent improving our lives–becoming more loving and compassionate individuals. The truth is that we simply cannot see into the heart of another person, and therefore we cannot truly understand the feelings, sufferings, and struggles that have brought that person to make the choices that they have made. We are therefore in no position to pass any sort of judgment towards them, much less condemnation.
Unconditional love has no competition. It looks with empathy, compassion, and forgiveness towards the actions of others, instead of hurting them. After all, we each make our own mistakes; and once we allow others to make theirs on their own terms, without condemning them, we will find a calm peace within that can only come from unconditional love.
Be mindful not to condemn others through your words or your actions.
Questions to consider:
What are some ways in which we learn to condemn others and their actions?
Why is it often difficult for us to separate people from their actions?
How much of another’s life can we truly know? How much of it do we assume to know?
For further thought:
“Whether one is Hindu or a Muslim or a Christian, how you live your life is proof that you are or not fully his. We cannot condemn or judge or pass words that will hurt people. We do not know in what way God is appearing to that soul and what God is drawing that soul to; therefore, who are we to condemn anybody?” ~ Mother Teresa