General Conference Book Club Week 21:
I know someone who was offended at church by a closed-minded comment made during Sunday School. The comment was not directed at her, but it was still thoughtless, and it stung. We probably all know (or have been) someone in a similar situation. Since we are not perfect and all have need of a Savior, we often forget to be more like Him, not only in the things we say, but also in forgiving the things we hear.Elder Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer of the Seventy gave his talk, “Developing Good Judgment and Not Judging Others“, during the last session of the most recent General Conference. He made some great points about judgment that made me realize several areas where I could improve. For example:
“We may often find ourselves making quick judgments about people, which can change or redefine our relationships with them. Often incorrect judgments are made because of limited information or because we do not see beyond that which is immediately in front of us.”
“Good judgment is needed not only in understanding people but also in facing decisions that often lead us to or away from our Heavenly Father.”
What insights did you gain as you studied this talk?
Only TWO weeks left before another round of conference. Is anyone as excited as I am?
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4 thoughts on “GCBC Week 21: Developing Good Judgment and Not Judging Others”
Loved the talk! I can’t wait for General Conference!
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This week’s article reminded me that I have way too many Martha moments, but that Martha wasn’t all bad. 🙂
So glad you joined us, Catherine!
One of the lessons I’ve learned over the past year or two is that some people are stronger than they appear and some people struggle more than they appear. Our responsibility is to try to see others the way the Lord sees them- through a lens of love- and treat them the way he wants them to be treated. It’s a hard task. Really knowing people takes work. Judging them quickly and moving on is “easy.” I loved this quote from the talk (after he gave the really cool insight about Mary and Martha): “the truth lies in knowing the whole person and in using good judgment.” We rarely know the whole person, but God does. That’s the goal to work toward, especially toward those within our stewardship in families, callings, visiting teaching, etc.