Have you ever been tempted to make a quick, unchecked judgement on someone? I’m guilty. Maybe it’s their speech, appearance or even a bias about them “not being from around here.”
The Bible gives us great instruction about passing judgment on others…that is, how we look at other’s actions as unfavorable or wrong.
Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7: 1-2
We are asked to not be hypocritical or self-righteous when dealing with others. Instead of making snap judgements- let’s choose in engage in another way.
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7: 3-5
We are all sinners. Broken. As Christians we should desire to edify one another. Support one another. In order to best help someone else, we need to take an honest assessment of our own lives. Where do we need help? Where are the “planks” in our lives? I can think of several areas in my own life…and I’m certain that you could tell me of others!
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.” John 8: 7
There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? James 4:12
It’s easy to make a snap judgment on someone without knowing their complete story. Their background. Beliefs. Work ethic. Heart. We serve a God of justice, but also a God of love. We need to reflect that spirit of love first when interacting and approaching others in need.
Let us lift one another up.
God bless you.