Judgment — Spiritual Message of the Day
“If you judge people you have no time to love them.” — Mother Teresa
There is a lot of confusion about the word “judgment” due to the multiple definitions it encompasses. On the one hand, it refers to an objective evaluation of a situation and the formulation of an educated opinion about it. As such, it is an appropriate exercise of our intellect. It also refers to a moralistic condemnation of other people, and thus indicates our unfortunate tendency to presume to determine the worthiness of an individual. This is an inappropriate abandonment our capacity to love and forgive.
The difference between these two meanings is that the first involves evaluating an action and the second, judging a person. We think we are good at the former (although we aren’t nearly as good at discernment as we think we are), and we typically don’t recognize that we do the latter when in fact we are addicted to it.
I have been amazed by the vehemence with which some people put up a defense of their “right” to condemn another person and to put that person out of their heart. Their defense, however, inevitably hinges on a need (or perceived need) to stop the other person’s actions. And so they believe that their condemnation of the person is justified, when in fact, what is justified is only an evaluation of, or opposition to specific actions of that person. Yes, it is right to resist wrong action, but it is never right to put someone out of your heart.
Understandably, it can be very hard not to put difficult people out of your heart, but a large part of our spiritual progress involves learning to love and forgive even the seemingly unlovable and unforgiveable people among us. And so it is that I find forgiveness to be the highest meaning of the Judgment card.
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