Monday, December 1, 2014

Luke 6:37 -- On Floating and Forgiving

"Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:"
Luke 6:37

Reading this today, it seems so simple and basic, and yet I know that it can be incredibly hard.  So hard that people in the scriptures, and we often in real life, choose to be judged, condemned, and unforgiven, because we make the choice to do that to someone else.  But maybe reading this today, we can see the simplicity and the incredible promise here.
God promises us that if we forgive others that he will forgive *us* ... that if we don't judge and condemn, that he won't do those things to us either.  It's really a win-win all around, except perhaps our egos.  We want so much to be *right* or better or more righteous or justified whatever, that sometimes we can't, or won't, just let things go.  Sometimes I feel like we're in a sea of self-doubt, and we start to panic and start to drown, and like many drowning people, we drown whoever is coming to save us.  We try to elevate ourselves by pulling others down, when if we could instead relax, we could float and actually help ourselves to be rescued.
Today, let's get out of panic mode.  Let's open up our hearts and our minds, and relax.  Let's remember that, despite appearances, this life is not a big game of king of the mountain.  We don't have to pull anyone else down in order to elevate ourselves.  With God, we can ALL win, if we work together and bless each other's lives.

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