Advent Prayer Reflection by Maggie Westerman

Dec 09 2016

December 9, 2016

MT 11:16-19

People have not changed tremendously in 2,000 years. Matthew 11:16-19 speaks of judgmental nature of people during the time of Jesus. Jesus speaks about the ridicule that was received by he and John the Baptist when they were first introduced to the public eye. John was called “possessed” for fasting and Jesus was called a “glutton” for eating. This mindset is still applicable to modern life. In today’s society, you are judged for everything you do. If you preach God’s word openly, you’re self righteous. If you’re an adolescent that practices, you’re a “Jesus freak”. The only one you can truly ever please is God. He is the only one who will willingly forgive even our greatest offenses. The Merciful God is the only one who accepts us as we are because that is exactly how He made us to be. We read in Romans 2:1-3, “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.” We should never judge harshly because, in turn, we will be judged the same way.