Sunday, February 28, 2016

Judging and being judged

Here’s a verse that stuck out to me recently:

And now, my brethren, seeing that ye know the light by which ye may judge, which light is the light of Christ, see that ye do not judge wrongfully; for with that same judgment which ye judge ye shall also be judged. (Moroni 7:18)

I don’t know if this judgment Moroni says we’ll be judged with here is a final judgment or not. But I realized that how we judge ourselves tends to impact how we make use of the atonement.

If we judge ourselves too harshly, then we condemn ourselves out of proportion to our offenses and then we can’t feel the mercy of Christ when we repent, or even worse, we can’t reach for it at all because we think we don’t deserve it.

But if we’re too lenient with ourselves, then we fail to recognize the seriousness of our offenses, then our repentance is incomplete or non-existent.

Ultimately, we have to learn to be as fair with ourselves as Christ is.

So, how do we judge ourselves fairly?  What do you think?