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He Who Is Without Sin

Monday, September 12, 2011

As I sat with the therapy group this morning I felt myself recoil as I heard the stories of some of the members. My inner voice asked how could they? . . . and as I realized that I was being judgmental I also felt shame. I have always prided myself as being compassionate and sensitive to the feelings of others. That is one of my strengths as a counselor. It does not mean that I condone behaviors, but I try to empower rather than break down. However this morning I didn't seem to get it. I looked at the clients in the group and I wondered how did they get to that point. I knew that I had no business judging, so I prayed, and as I prayed an inner voice reminded me of Jesus' statement "he who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." (John 8:7).

I could throw no stones. I may not be addicted to drugs or sex, but I'm certainly addicted to food. Don't I know better? When I order greasy french fries at the drive thru, or put off exercising, or know that the meal is really three portions, but devour it in one sitting, is that not sinful? I am not a whole lot better than the clients. What they are doing is harmful to their bodies and it puts their lives at risk, but overeating can too. I have not conquered that demon, and as a counselor, I should know better.

I believe that it's not by accident that I found myself in a place that can teach me a lesson, which is a two-fold one - it is not in my place to judge; and it is time to do right by myself. In case I don't get the message this time, I'm sure God will remind me again. That's what a loving father does.
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  • SLIMTHICK2
    You are so right food is an acceptable drug and it does so much damage to every part of our being. All the best as you make every effort to deal with this addiction, I'm also trying hard to deal with mine. Have a great weekend. emoticon
    2473 days ago
  • DARE2LIVE2011
    Well written and a great reminder. I know I do the very same thing. I think it's pride left in me that still wants to point to someone else and say "I'm not as bad as ......." to keep me from having to deal with my own stuff. You're on the right track! Blessings to you, and thanks for the honesty! emoticon
    2476 days ago
  • BLEGNER1
    Our society has made it very easy for us to be judgmental. It something that I believe we should all pay attention to. It is not up to us to judge, it is up to us to love even the sinner for we have all fallen short in the past and we probably will in some area in the future.
    God bless
    Barb
    2477 days ago
  • RSSSLHB
    emoticon for posting
    2477 days ago
  • BIGDAD1211
    Judging is such a hard demon to get rid of. I think we can never truly be rid of it, but knowing that the Holy Spirit is with us and will convict us when when do judge is such a blessing. Paul tells us in Php 3:14 "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. " And I guess getting to that prize means we have a lot of changing to do through Christ Jesus. You are in a truly blessed place my friend and God will show you so wonderful things about yourself and the people around you!
    God Bless!
    In Jesus Name
    Greg
    2477 days ago
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