Did I ever tell you about the Australian man who wore himself out trying to throw his boomerang away? Many things in life keep coming back to us like the boomerang. Perhaps you have heard the saying, “He got back in his own little half-bushel what he gave out.”
The Bible tells us that we will be judged exactly as we judge others and we will be forgiven as we forgive others. Wisdom would suggest that we could go easy on ourselves by refraining from judging and being quick to forgive others. The harshest judgment usually comes from the most rotten motives. None of us know enough to judge others.
Years ago a man was sharply criticized for having a crying baby with him on a passenger train. The man replied to his critic, “Sir, I wish I could get the child to stop crying. We are on the way home from burying his mother. He is crying for her.” You see, the critic was speaking harshly when he didn’t know the situation. We need to always remember that only God is qualified to judge and that all of us will appear before His judgment.
John Wesley said, “If you won’t forgive you had better never need forgiveness.” Jesus taught us to pray, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. “When a person has been forgiven he knows how to forgive others. A person who has experienced mercy knows how to extend mercy. A person who harshly judges, refuses to show mercy, and withholds forgiveness is writing his own ticket.
The Bible tells us how to be blessed when others revile us. “Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing, but contrariwise blessing, knowing that you are thereunto called, that you should inherit a blessing.” (1 Peter 3:9)