For in the way you judge, you will be judged;
and by your standard of measure it will be measured to you.
Ouch! This verse goes right to the point!
It's easy to judge others.
- A disagreement can quickly lead to an opinion about the other person.
- An unkempt man asking for money can lead to a judgment about his life.
- Having an unpopular opinion can lead to judgment and anger.
The act of judging has become a norm in our society. Whether it is politics, religion, or the home. Judging one another can break up friendships, split churches, and destroy marriages.
I've been judgmental. Not as much as I once was, but I still find myself convicted of standing in judgment of another person's choices. The conviction comes by way of remembering my actions, my choices, and my past.
Jesus asks the people of Matthew 7:3, Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but not notice the log in your own eye?
We all have a log in our eye! God sees our log as a speck until we begin to judge.
Several weeks ago, a person told me that they were concerned that I would judge them for an action they had taken. It surprised me. I wasn't thinking anything of the sort. Then, I realized the person was questioning themselves, judging themselves. And, their doubt cam out as a judgment on me.
So, doubt can lead to the idea that we are being judged, when we are not.
I have a dear friend who is non-judgmental. Her gentle, loving attitude is what Jesus wants from us. My friend holds opinions yet uses grace in every situation.
I don't use grace in every situation, but I am striving to do better. As iron sharpens iron, I am stronger because of my sweet friend.
Thankfully, God loves and forgives us. And, because of His great love for us, He wants us to pray before we judge, think before we speak, and remember that we are all His children.
Thank you, God, for giving us examples of how to live with one another in the world. May we strive to see beyond our judgments of others, as well as ourselves. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.