“Do Not Judge”
First, O God, please help us not to be so frightened by this teaching of your Son that we are paralyzed into an inaction that keeps us from making appropriate progress. After all, who among us would want to be judged by you in the ways that we have judged others and would want to receive from you the measure we have given to others?
Second, O God, please help us to grow in grace so that we will not evaluate others by our standards that are so limited by our narrow experiences, our narrow spirits, and our narrow vision.
Third, O God, please help us not to be so arrogant as to think that we have enough access to and insight into your standards that we can actually judge others by them.
Fourth and finally, O God, please help us to see others and to love others with eyes and hearts that are brimming with grace, mercy, understanding, and compassion—with what your eyes and hearts brim when you look at us, in other words.
“Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.” (Matthew 7:1-2)