Remember that thing you did? The thing you don’t want to think about, let alone talk about?
No, not that one, the other one!
What? You don’t want to talk about it?
Fair enough. I don’t really want to talk about it either, but I do want to make a point, and the point is this. No one is without fault. No one. Even animals do wrong things. Maybe we should have courts for animals. You, Mr Dog, kept your master and immediate neighbours awake with your barking. How do you plead?
Silly? About as silly as you judging someone you know nothing about.
The only ones without faults are the ones who never left Creation.
Intolerance and judgment are human staple foods. The guilty judge. When you let go of your guilt you will no longer be able to judge.
You and all your human buddies committed the original error. And here you are. That alone should be enough to stop all judgment. Unfortunately the opposite is true.
You know what judgment is? Judgment is like competing in a 100-metre sprint with a massive anvil tied to your leg. It would be safe to say you wouldn’t win that race. Yet you want to get to Heaven lugging your judgments. Even St Peter will laugh at you.
Judgment is just plain ugly. It hurts people and it kills innocents. Beware of judgment, it is out of control. It will harm and destroy even those it claims it loves.
You may have heard that Jesus story when they had him nailed to the cross. After he had been beaten mercilessly, tortured, spat upon, degraded and the rest of it, he says, Forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing. Or something along those lines.
What he was saying is what I am saying here – firstly show tolerance and refrain from judging those of whom you are a part. Those who do not as yet know any better. Jesus knew who he was. He had no guilt so he understood.
Look at the things you continue to judge, the ones that keep recurring. Make a list, ponder and meditate on them. Why do they bother you? What triggers them? What are the consequences when you react the way you do?
By reflecting on your recurring intolerances you will gain an understanding that will explain not only why they happen but will allow you an opportunity to forgive and put them to rest.