Living by the scriptures

Judge not, that you be not judged.

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. - Matt. 7:1-2.

Some of life's most-lasting impressions and lessons can come in the simplest ways.

I was preparing dried beans to cook, sorting out the bad ones. The bad beans that I found seemed to be the worst ones I had ever seen. When I finished sorting, I threw the bad beans out the back door, thinking the birds would eat them. That night it stormed, the rain washing dirt over the bad beans, burying them in the earth. Four or five days later, when I walked out the back door, to my amazement there were several beautiful, healthy green bean plants. Those beans that I had judged as bad had good hearts, for they brought forth new life and would bear good fruit.

How often we judge our fellowmen by their looks, or the things they say and do without really knowing anything about them. I have been guilty many times of judging too quickly, when a show of love and compassion could have brought out the good in that person. If we would follow our Savior's example, we would teach them the gospel and bring them into the fold, where they could go and find pasture.

I never sort beans that I don't think of this important lesson. Now I examine the beans carefully before I judge them as bad beans. It is as though they are people. I hesitate to call any of them bad. - Opal L. Evans, Tulsa, Okla.

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