Judge Gently

Pray, don't find fault with the man that limps
Or stumbles along the road.
Unless you have worn the shoes he wears
Or struggled beneath his load.

There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt
Though hidden away from view.
Or the burden he bears placed on your back
Might cause you to stumble too.

Don't sneer at the man who's down today
Unless you have felt the blow
That caused his fall or felt the shame
That only the fallen know.

You may be strong but still the blows
That was his if dealt to you
In the selfsame way, at the selfsame time
Might cause you to stagger too.

Don't be too harsh with the man that sins
Or pelt him with word or stone
Unless you are sure - yea, doubly sure -
That you have no sins of your own.

For you know, perhaps,
If the tempter's voice should whisper as soft to you
As it did to him when he went astray
It might cause you to falter too.

Author Unknown


anitab said…
So true!! Thank you for sharing.
Maggie Adair said…
This is so true. On my way home from work yesterday a man sat next to me at the train station. He seemed to have a disability & walked with a walker. My first thought was concern for him sitting next to me, but then I thought, no I need to show the love of Jesus & so chatted a bit with him (he did most of the chatting). I think life makes us cynical & we don't trust many people always expecting the worst from them rather than the best. We need to remember that we may be the only 'Jesus' these people ever get to meet.
Tara D said…
I love this!

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