Is Not Judging Enough?

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{Guest Devotional by Maria Gladwin}

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 

God  would wrap his arms around the worst of us.
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I live in a picturesque mountain village with my family.

Even though at times life is pretty laid back here, we face challenges, as you would anywhere else, just on a different level.

Pulling up at our village supermarket for supplies, is a very predictable experience. 

There are, without fail, a few beggars that gravitate towards me as soon as I pull up the handbrake.

I have often become convicted of how I treat these men. 

How does God see them? 

I soothe my conscience with a courteous greeting and on good days handing over a loaf of bread and some processed meat.

When God looks at us, He delights in each one of us as His children.  

He longs to gather us to Him as a hen gathers her chicks.  

That has become such a reality for me as I face these broken people each day. They were created in His image - tarnished as it may appear to my eyes.

God does not wrinkle His nose at their odour, frown at the dirt, the yellowed teeth or ragged clothes. 

God would wrap His arms around the worst of us. (<-- click here to tweet this)

I have always considered myself a fairly “kind” person: I smile at strangers, love being around people of all walks of life, try not to judge and so on - although this is a tough one for me at times.

My two small boys are a good example to me. They roll down their windows, greet them with joy, share their sweets, allow themselves to be touched without squirming. Without judgement or prejudice.

True kindness is the medium through which Christ’s love becomes “tangible” through us. 

How tangible is the kindness I extend towards the “outcasts”, the “lepers”, the beggars? 

I often feel God’s love for someone, but fail to act on it. (<-- click here to tweet this)

I’m realising being obedient is all He asks from me, the rest is up to Him.

When was the last time you looked at someone you usually judge with the eyes of God? How would it change your behaviour towards them? Is there someone in your life that you can be kind to today?

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Maria GladwinMaria Gladwin writes at "In the Shadow of His Wings". She fills her days with nurturing her family; caring for the hill-side land they live on, writing and various creative projects. She is totally in love with her beautiful baker husband, two adorable boy babes and two border collies.

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