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SCRIPTURE: Luke 6:37-42  emphasis on v.37 (AMP) - " Do not judge [others self-righteously], and you will not be judged; do not condemn [others when you are guilty and unrepentant], and you will not be condemned [for your hypocrisy]; pardon [others when they truly repent and change], and you will be pardoned [when you truly repent and change]. 

 Love this commentary, "None of us are in a position to assess the motivations of the human heart—especially when it comes to another’s service to the Lord. While the Bible does instruct us to react in a certain way to sinful behavior (1 Cor. 5:2), we are not to judge anyone’s intentions. Often, our opinion of their actions has more to do with our own failings than theirs (Luke 6:36–49)." (Charles Stanley; Life Principles Bible Notes).  We are not to condemn true discernment either; how else do we hold others accountable when they may be falling away?  What we do not do is judge in a hypercritical, hypocritical, self-righteous, or unfairly way because we create our own standard, a sinner's standard, of what is acceptable when we do.  Dr. Tony Evans' story, "When my son was eleven years old, he wanted to show me how he could dunk a basketball in the gym. The problem was that he had asked a janitor to lower the rim so that he could dunk it. Those who hypocritically judge others use a standard, but it isn’t God’s. It’s been lowered."

PRAYER FOCUS: That God would help us to express mercy and grace in a manner that is overwhelmingly generous so that same measure would come back to us when we need it, because as sinners we will.  Teach us to quit sabotaging our perspectives of God's creation, especially our brothers and sisters, by stopping our quick judgments and condemnations.  Teach us to be slow to speak, quick to listen and slow to anger when trying to help others; after all, it's better to understand, before you are understood.
FOOD DANIEL 8:  TACO SALAD- Taco Salad – Ultimate Daniel Fast