“In what must surely be one of the most ignored passages of the Bible, Paul wrote this two millennia ago:
As for myself, I do not care if I am judged by you or by any human court. I do not even judge myself. I know of no wrong I have done, but this does not make me right before the Lord. The Lord is the One who judges me. So do not judge before the right time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light things that are now hidden in darkness, and will make known the secret purposes of people’s hearts. Then God will praise each one of them. (1 Cor. 4:3–5 NCV)
That’s amazing. Think about what Paul was writing there: He doesn’t know anyone’s motives. Not even his own. Even if his own conscience was clear, that didn’t make him innocent. Paul was aware of his own inability to judge himself. He couldn’t be trusted. So, he said, leave the judging up to God. He’ll sort it out in the end.
This can’t be glossed over. Think about how taking this to heart could deflate our own anger, even before it takes hold. We have no idea what is in someone else’s heart. We don’t know the backstory. We don’t know what’s happening in his mind. We don’t know how her brain works. We think we do, sure, but we don’t.”
“Our spirits long to soar like eagles, to be filled with inspiration, to feel the love that flows between us and our Creator. But until we are willing to relinquish all forms of judgment and attack, we will remain half-dead and unaware of the splendor that awaits us.”
“Be less of a judge and you will be surprised that when you become a witness and you don’t judge yourself, you stop judging others too. And that makes you more human, more compassionate, more understanding.”
“You should realize that as soon as you intend to live in peace, at once evil comes and weighs down your soul through accidie, faintheartedness, and evil thoughts. It also attacks your body through sickness, debility, weakening of the knees and all the members. It dissipates the strength of soul and body, so that one believes one is ill and no longer able to pray. But if we are vigilant, all these temptations fall away.”
“The point of life is to love, and to do so is a choice. In that choice I take action, and in that action, I am love. I have a voice. I can use it to oppress, or I can use it to liberate. I can create, I can lead, and I can love. The same is true for you. Together we can say, I love.
“As you become more and more aware of people playing in their illusions, you notice that their play is like that of children playing imaginary games. When you see them as children playing games, this does not come from a sense of superiority, but from an understanding of their eternal innocence. When they judge you, now you understand that you need not defend yourself against a child’s imaginary game. Regardless how many illusionary bullets in the form of judgmental words they shoot your way, they cannot hurt you. Your choice to not defend yourself is thus not a sign of weakness, but of clarity, knowledge, and strength. Your inner strength comes from knowing that you remain always as God created you, and that there is nothing, no illusion that can change the changeless, or replace the irreplaceable in you. You understand that you do not need defend yourself, not because you are not worth defending, but because there is truly nothing to defend against.
Today when you consciously choose to not defend yourself you reinforce your strength. When there is no longer judgment, self-judgment, or the endless need to protect yourself, the state of peace, your natural state results.”
~ James Blanchard Cisneros, You Have Chosen To Remember