There have been more times than I care to remember when I allowed my ego to steer its way along the path that lay before me. When gone unfiltered, this evil twin can drive a wedge between any and every relationship I encounter, and there is none more critical than that of God Himself. It is my portion of this Divine relationship that gets skewed as He waits patiently for me to get back on track.
When an unsettled circumstance comes upon me that is not of my creation, there tends to be a swift reaction that someone else is to blame. It is in those times when my ego can gain strength and respond in a way that may be difficult to recover from. When this scenario presents itself, the opportunity for judgment is lingering in the shadows. If I allow this character flaw to take shape, I welcome in the trait of self-righteousness, giving me the delusion that I am better off or place myself above the would be perpetrator. I must always remember within any situation there is always a portion, whether minor or at times major, which falls under my responsibility.
If the ungodly act of judgment is permitted to surface, regardless of the struggled path it took to manifest, it will inevitably lead to condemnation. To condemn someone, is to judge them unworthy of being blessed or lead a rewarded life. As I sit and write these words, it is obvious to me I do not possess the authority nor the power to place this curse upon anyone for any reason. This takes me full circle to realize by what right do I have to cast judgment on another.
Stepping back to the unsettled circumstance; if it is determined that I have truly been intruded upon through no fault of my own, I must find it in my heart to release the initial judgment and give way to forgiveness. As I look from my single vantage point, it is not possible for me to know the true perspective of another. In other words, I do not know their walk, where they come from, or why they may do what they do.
It is important for me to realize that if I am unable to forgive someone, I am judging them, and it will come back to me by whatever measure I put forth. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Matt. 7:2)
I pray as I go forward I will recognize my portion of any situation that may cause the act of judgment to surface and quickly turn to forgiveness as the ultimate remedy.
May God Bless You and Give You Grace.