It’s funny how we judge other people. Judge their mess-ups and their fails and their inabilities and their insecurities. Or maybe just their weakness. Because at first glance we see people from the outside from our little house. Out of our window. We see their intensity or their shyness or their anger or their abusive nature or their defensiveness and we want to steer clear of ..’that mess’
But.. then. ‘Grace.’ He says.
He keeps offering it … as consistently as the waves that keep rolling in to shore. Over us. Over me. Over my messes. Over our messes. Cleansing once again where the sand built up. Relentlessly.
And I get a burning sense of.. needing to offer the same.. a little more.
Perhaps the difference between human everyday judgement and *his… is that.. he too see’s the wildly growing weed that overtakes an otherwise beautiful garden. And i’m sure it saddens him… Sure, but maybe this is the difference…. That not only is he seeing the stem but also whats flowing through it, and – the root. The underground. He saw where the seed first fell and from whom. He saw what got missed. He see’s the inside-out. I think that is what would sadden him more. It’s his love ultimately that makes him sad. So his judgement perhaps is somewhat safer than we might first imagine… I’m thinking like, maybe we can trust a little more surely that he see’s the underground, the root of even the most horrible mess. Where we – we just – can’t. We have no place. He saw where it all went down. He saw the moment *it* happened, he saw where it went off track. Exactly that. Knowing this wouldn’t it be easier to feel a little more certain of the fact that he is fair? That he is just. Maybe it’s a good place to find healing. To find growth. To find that grace holds you. Tightly. With love. Under all .. that. There he will be.
It’s not that these messes are ok. Because they’re not. He realised that. That’s when he stepped in. And gave grace,acknowledging this totally ‘not ok’ state of everything. Of us. Perhaps there we change. Perhaps the messes become less here.
That in itself,
might make one feel a little safer in the face of judgement. From both him, and humans. Because he judges out of a different, more clear place..
Perhaps knowing that better.. would make us feel a little more able to offer grace, a little less ok with judging other peoples weakness, a little more open to offering love where outwardly it’s completely undeserved. A lot more thankful that, in our choosing to stand there.. he keeps washing us clean of that sand that keeps building up.. with those waves of grace…
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”
“You judge according to the flesh; I am not judging anyone. “But even if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone in it, but I and the Father who sent Me.
“You judge me by human standards, but I do not judge anyone. And if I did, my judgment would be correct in every respect because I am not alone. The Fatherwho sent me is with me” (-Jesus)