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The Absence Of Judgement

By Ldsapologetics
About a week ago I posted a piece called "Stay on the boat or a walk on water." It was my personal take on Elder Ballards stay on the boat talk. My wife liked it so much she shared it's sentiment on the official lds facebook page.
Which turned out to be a big mistake, having an original thought based on the digital temper tantrums so many people had. These people were spiteful, snarky, and above all super judgmental. 
People are fond of saying "every member a missionary." And this is true because everyone who isn't Mormon will judge us based on how they see us live our lives, and how they see us treat others lds or not.
Here's some examples of Christlike behavior Jesus Himself taught:

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. Matthew 25:32-46

These behaviors and the spirit behind them are indicative of the love that Christ preached and lived.

But it's not just how we treat others that demonstrates this love, it's how we talk to and about others that also showcases that love or lack thereof.

For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Matthew 12:37

Jesus is saying here that we will either be justified or condemned before God based on our speech. Jesus also had this to say: He saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;

19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?

20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.

21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. Mark 7:18-23

It is not what goes in our mouths that defiles us, it's what comes out. It is the contents of our hearts that either justifies us before God or condemns us.

And what we say to or about others is indicative of the contents of our hearts.

Jesus gave us only one new commandment; 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

It is by our love that we will be known by Christ and all Gods children as Christs disciples. That is what matters. Thinking that going to church is what makes you truly Christian is like thinking that standing in a garage makes you a car.

You can love others by your actions and speech or you can judge them harshly but you can only ever do one. Because I agree that love is amongst other things is the absence of judgment.

It is also an act of love to judge favorably which is what righteous judgment means in scripture. So rather than jumping to conclusions and condemning others we out to judge favorably.

How can we lift up God when we put His children down? 

The Absence Of Judgement

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