Monday, 2 July 2018

Don't be so quick to judge

"Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.  – Luke 6.37 And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother's eye.  – Luke 6.41-42

It is kind of scary how quick the world has become in jumping at the chance to judge  others for nearly anything. It is even worse to see how Christians do the same thing. Whether it is sports or politics or anything it seems that the first thing we do now, before we even talk about the issue, is to condemn the other side. We seem know to judge people or groups by whether we like them or not. If our side does something it is fine, if the other side does something it must be bad. We won’t forgive, we won’t give the benefit of the doubt – we would rather just judge, condemn, and move on.

But God calls His people to a different standard. Stop judging others. You have enough issues of your own. You are so quick to judge that you ignore your own issues. Deal with your flaws and then you can help others with theirs.

Someone must do something to break the cycle that we are spiralling down into. It is time for God’s people to take the high road and set a pattern. Love instead of judge because love chooses not to think evil. We can’t overlook known sin, but we don’t have to deal with it in an arrogant, holier than thou judgemental attitude. Keep in mind what we have been forgiven us before we judge others.

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