Judge not that ye be judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
Matthew 7: 1-2
Stern words indeed from the Sermon on the Mount.
How often do we jump to conclusions and pass judgement and how often are we wrong ? If someone has been less than pleasant, could it be that that person is not feeling well or has had some bad news.
Many years ago, I was in a queue at a bus=stop outside the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow and I spoke cheerily to to the lady who stood next to me. She lashed out at me and said she did not want to talk as she had received a worrying diagnosis at the hospital. I wasn’t to know that: was I? There was no point in feeling aggrieved and I apologised and kept quiet.
You see, that’s the problem. You simply don’t know what other people are going through.
Recently, a Texan teenager was arrested when a home-made clock he brought to school was mistakenly identified as a bomb. Ahmed Mohamed (14) was invited to the White House for an event the President uses to encourage young people to pursue careers in science, technology’ engineering and mathematics. Barack Obama had some words of support for Ahmed, who was most grateful saying “Don’t judge people by the way they look. Judge them by their heart”.
Thomas Bracken (1843-98), a New Zealand poet, journalist and politician wrote ………..
“Oh God! That men would see a little clearer or judge less harshly where they cannot see”?
We do well to remember that only he who wears the shoe knows where it pinches.