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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 26, 2018

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SATURDAY, May 26

Matthew 13:37-39 [Jesus] answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels.”

The final judgment is for real. Jesus makes no bones about this fact and eventuality. But the good news is that this harvest is God-led, and we Christians can finally get out of the judging business. Phew.

We are the ones who will be judged, after all. Jesus never mentions a committee of super-Christians who will do the judging—just God. So, the pressure is off for us to judge other people. It’s literally above our pay grade. God looks on the heart, does not see as we see, and knows all the backstories and mitigating factors. We don’t know these things about our closest friends, and we certainly don’t know these things about strangers. It’s no wonder we make poor judges of each other so often.

MOVING FORWARD: How do you walk the line between judging others and holding yourself to a specific standard?

PRAY for the Diocese of Coimbatore (India)

Today the Church remembers Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury, 605.

Psalm 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117 | Proverbs 8:22-36 | 3 John 1-15 | Matthew 12:15-21

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