By Pastor Donna Spencer Collins

The Power of Compassion: Overcoming Judgment

In our journey through life, it is all too easy to fall into the trap of passing judgment on others. This inclination to judge often arises from our own emotional struggles and insecurities. However, it is essential to recognize the detrimental effects of such judgment and embrace a more compassionate perspective.

When we judge others,we fail to acknowledge the complexities of the other person’s life. We reduce them to mere snapshots, neglecting the intricate layers that make up their life experiences. In doing so, we deny ourselves the opportunity to cultivate empathy and understanding, hindering our own personal growth. It severs our sense of belonging with the one we judge and interferes with our own inner peace. With incomplete information we will be making false judgments.

One biblical scripture that offers guidance on this matter is found in Matthew 7:1-2: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” These words of Jesus remind us of the reciprocity inherent in judgment. Just as we pass judgment on others, we open ourselves up to be judged by those around us. Therefore, it is crucial to approach others with compassion rather than judgment.

Another scripture that highlights the importance of withholding judgment is found in John 8:7: “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone.” These words are a powerful reminder that we all have flaws and imperfections. By recognizing our own shortcomings, we become more inclined to give the benefit of the doubt. This scripture encourages us to reflect on our own vulnerabilities and extend understanding to those who we feel are trespassing against us.

When we refrain from judging others and instead approach them with empathy and grace, we foster connection and build bridges rather than erecting walls. Our decision to withhold judgment allows us to see people as individuals with their own unique stories, struggles, and triumphs. It enables us to extend kindness, support, and encouragement, uplifting those who may be burdened by stressors, insecurities or that we do not have all the facts.

We should strive to abandon judgment, especially when it stems from emotional places or insecurities within ourselves. When we point a finger to judge, three of our fingers point back at ourselves. Through scripture, we learn the importance of compassion and the consequences of judgment. By embracing empathy, we can break free from the cycle of judgment, fostering a culture of acceptance, understanding, and love. Let us remember the words of Matthew 7:1-2 and John 8:7, and commit ourselves to viewing others through the lens of compassion, knowing that in doing so, we not only uplift others but also nurture our own personal growth and sense of belonging.



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