Our next devotional is written by Ryan Chimera, a first-year student studying Business and Religion. Ryan is involved in several organizations on campus, including Disciples on Campus, the Religious Advisory Council, as well as Club Baseball. He plans on competing in a relay triathlon in the next year and enjoys spending time with friends and family. May his words hold space in your journey today.
Reading: Romans 2:1, “Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgement on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the same very things.”
Reflection: With Easter quickly approaching, many of us find ourselves reflecting on the weight of our actions over the past several weeks. Have we been steadfast in our goals, or has there been a bit of wavering? No matter the answer to this, the love that Jesus Christ has for us is insurmountable. The question is, has our love for others been equally as strong?
In this letter written to the Romans, Paul explicitly states passing judgment on others is not a morally correct action. It seems obvious, but how many times do we catch ourselves containing preconceived judgments in our heads about other people. Such things as simple as the clothes one wears to holding a negative perspective on an individual’s religious view can significantly damage our own nature as human beings. Jesus gave the simple commandment to his disciples stating, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34), is all we need as we walk through this time of spiritual growth.
So, if you ever find yourself criticizing another’s beliefs or personal actions, take a second to reflect on this verse. We all have differences, and embracing these differences instead of passing judgment is a challenge many should be willing to take. No person is without sin, and instead of judging others, focus your attention on the grace of Jesus Christ, for this is far more spiritually rewarding. Moving through this time of Lent allows us to take a step back and truly make personal changes to better our relationship with Jesus. So, how can we go about doing this to embrace our love for all?
Let us Pray:
Lord, help us make known the struggles individuals face with fitting in, being themselves, and simply living in a way that does not satisfy them. Help us to be conscious of everyone’s differences, and let us work to eliminate our criticism of others. Thank you for allowing me to walk with you during this time of Lent, and thank you for providing Jesus, who displayed acceptance of all humans no matter the circumstance. Amen.