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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 15, 2022

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WEDNESDAY, June 15
[Evelyn Underhill]

Romans 2:1 Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things.

I may have thought of myself as a pretty non-judgmental person at one time, but the COVID-19 pandemic unleashed a wave of judgment in my life. I judged people wearing masks incorrectly at the grocery store. I judged people eating in restaurants. I judged churches that put too little effort into online worship and those that put in too much. I judged people who kept wiping down surfaces constantly even after the science showed surfaces were a low risk for transmission. And I know for a fact people were judging me, too.

Thanks be to God that this is the teaching of the church: judge not. Easier said than done, but the cycle of recriminations is exhausting and emotionally draining. God desires that we choose a different way.

MOVING FORWARD: What judgments do you need to put away? Ask God for help!

PRAY for the Diocese of Mahajanga (Indian Ocean)

Ps 119:97-120 * 81, 82 | Numbers 11:24-33(34-35) | Romans 1:28—2:11 | Matthew 18:1-9

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