Nobody is immune from making mistakes. We err daily with varying intensities and consequences. If we were to face the retributions of every mistake we make, we would all be living in Dante’s eighth circle of hell.
I think that many people skeptical of religion envision an angry God who punishes humans for every earthly mistake. There are also many who identify as religious that share a similar image of God. Living in such intense fear can be incredibly inhibitory to one’s life and their relationship with God.
The blind fear I used to possess barred me from truly optimizing the relationship I could have had with God. Liberation from falsities in my perception of Our Creator enhanced my relationship and closeness to Him. I now am confident in the persistent love God gives us, the Mercy He bestows on us, and the Faith He has in us to constantly improve and better ourselves in His Vision.
Though we are and should be held accountable for our actions, God is a loving and merciful Creator who embraces us as flawed.
In widely cited words from Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him), the Prophet expresses that “Deeds are [a result] only of the intentions [of the actor], and an individual is [rewarded] only according to that which he intends”.
Isn’t that amazing?! God recognizes that things go wrong. People make mistakes, and actions sometimes don’t align with intentions. Yet He sees past any mishaps and flaws. Although we are unable to wholly prevent errors, we can prevent wrong intentions through questioning, evaluating, and analyzing our motives. To do this, God has given us an intricate mind that discerns what aligns with our moral compass and what does not. We can ensure that our intentions point towards the same direction as our moral compass does.
According to the Word of God, “There is no sin on you in the mistake you make, but in that which you do with the intention of your heart” (Quran 33:5). This is a true testament to the unwavering Mercy and Generosity of God.”There is no sin on you in the mistake you make, but in that which you do with the intention of your heart (Quran 33:5) Click To Tweet
If God doesn’t judge us for our actions/mistakes alone, how can we judge others from assumptions we make about their actions? Unlike us, our Creator possesses the unique capability to know what lies inside us: our deepest secrets, feelings, thoughts, and substance we don’t even know we have. A human incapacity to see into others’ hearts suggests that we can never make any true judgments about people– and that we never should.
As hard as it is to avoid a seemingly innate habit of judging others, we need only remind ourselves of the invisibility of intention (what truly matters) in order to refrain from doing so. Challenging our judgments in this way will surely bring us closer to God and to the person we want to be.
Rest easy knowing that any transgressions one has made cannot tarnish a moral compass directed towards God.
Happy week, friends.