“Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?”
- We seem to understand that we ourselves are going to slip up every once in a while and may have a bad habit or two! Amazingly enough our understanding often runs out when it comes to other’s faults! Jesus died for others just as much as He died for me! We should love others and not judge them! We may need to separate ourselves from unhealthy relationships, but we should never develop a heart that does not desire for others to come to know Christ or to be reconciled to Him! Jesus loves others just as much as He loves us! May we stop desiring justice for others while we are claiming mercy for ourselves! If we do not care for someone, we have already judged them! We may not approve of the way someone acts, but the revealing question is; do we want to see them in heaven?
- What would our lives look like if we spent the time we now spend judging others on improving our own walk with God?
- Isn’t it time we replaced our hard and judge-mental hearts with hearts that long for others to grow nearer to Christ, or to come to know Him for the first time?
John 8:7 “And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.””
Colossians 3:12-14 “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”