Judge Not – a Lesson Discovered from Rheumatoid Arthritis

Judge Not – a Lesson Discovered from Rheumatoid Arthritis

A while back, I sat in a church meeting. It was a meeting to discuss the needs of members in our area.

We discussed the needs of a family whose wife had a disease I wasn’t familiar with. The family faced more challenges at the time than just the effects of the disease to complicate matters.

People in our church leadership aren’t paid. It’s all time donated to help one another, and I saw the time that would be required by some of these leaders to help this family would be considerable and extend over a long period of time.

I hate to admit, but I had trouble understanding…

New to the area, I didn’t know the family well, and I certainly didn’t know what the disease the wife faced, but it seemed weird…the things she could and couldn’t do. I wondered what was going on?

I remember thinking, “They really need help with that?” as we discussed some of the daily tasks that required support.

I lacked empathy, but fortunately, it’s something we can learn through serving others.

Others knew the situation better than I did, and would end up helping the family.

Fast forward.

Now I understand.

I understand the challenges and difficulties.

We’ve been battling RA for a number of years now.

The hard part now wishing that others would understand…

The Lesson

Perhaps, in some small way, it’s experiential learning of what the Savior taught (best if read slowly):

Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Luke 6:36-38

It’s a lesson that’s hard to learn, but perhaps, I’ve come a long way.