Pastor's Note
A Message from Reverend, Carl Freeto

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"JUDGING OTHERS" "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Matthew 7, NIV.)

One of the most wrenching statements spoken by Jesus is right here in Matthew 7. I really like to find other people's faults and then pass judgement on them. You have mean people; dumb people wise people; funny people; grumpy people loving people; clever people and on and on. And isn't fun to presume that some folks are more worthwhile than others? Have you ever finally passed judgement on someone?

Now, Jesus not talking about evaluating actions and behaviors but talking about placing yourself in a position to PASS JUDGMENT to another person. In other words, we all compare different people's qualities and sometimes even determine there are folks we should not be around. But Jesus is talking about acting as if we are God. That is, according to Jesus, the Father in Heaven is, not only the ultimate judge, but also the immediate (right now) judge.

For example, I once knew quite well a fellow who was not at all religious. He thought I was silly to believe "All that stuff about Jesus." He was a rough character who I knew for a fact had done some bad stuff in the world and he didn't seem to have a kind bone in his body. I had written him off. He was simply not a good person. So, I finally determined that he was worthless. A pastor friend took him on as a project and told me the man had given a deathbed acceptance of Jesus' love and care for him. At his funeral years later I discovered that he was a deeply emotionally and spiritually injured human who had be crushed by the events of a war he had taken part in. What is more, throughout his career he had given away time, money, and compassion to persons he found in need. I'm glad that God is the only one entitled to judge,

Aren't you?

God bless, hang in there, keep bringing food to the church, pray daily for each other and leave the judgements to the only one who can; The Lord, God,

Carl

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