Judgment and love are opposites. From one come all the sorrows of the world. But from the other comes the peace of God Himself.
My classmates and I were taught in our graduate program for a Master’s degree in Social Work that to be a good Social Worker one must have a “nonjudgmental attitude.” Carl Rogers, the humanistic psychologist, and the father of client centered therapy or “Rogerian therapy,” called it “unconditional positive regard,” and here in lesson #352 the idea arises once again that “judgment and love are opposites”.
In Alcoholic Anonymous it is suggested that we drop our judgment and in step three turn our will and lives over to the care of God as we understand God. In lesson #352 we are told that it is in this turning over that peace arises.
In Unitarian Universalism we covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning and where is this “truth and meaning” to be found? In lesson #352 it is taught that truth and meaning is found in a nonjudgmental attitude and in unconditional positive regard.
Today, it is suggested that we drop our judgmental attitudes and recognize and acknowledge that peace arises when we turn our willfulness over to God’s will.