“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)
Friends, we are ALL guilty of judging others. Yes, ALL of us! We tend to judge others for their past. Even if they repent and ask God to change them, we’re still guilty of judging. It could even be a glance at someone that causes us to judge their lifestyle based on their clothing, hairstyle, or what comes from their mouth. Someone might share gossip with us about another, and we automatically judge them without even knowing the truth.
Sometime we act like the Pharisees who felt they were better than others because they obeyed the law, were more educated, and were “more spiritual” than others. I’ll honestly admit I’ve judged others who came to church with a past history of sin. I just wasn’t thinking that, “We have ALL sinned and come short of the glory of God.” I now look back and think, “We all have a past and I have sinned because I judged them!”
What I’ve learned through God’s Word is God doesn’t categorize sin. Judging others is just as sinful as someone stealing or lying.
Thankfully when we sin, we have Jesus our advocate, the best lawyer!
“When your accuser, the devil, comes along and says, “You have done this wrong and you have not done that right,” Jesus says, “Father, the devil is right, but My blood has paid for what the devil is accusing him of.”
Then the devil adds, “You have also not been reading the Bible or praying enough. And this morning, you told a lie.”
Again, Jesus will say, “Father, the devil has indeed reported correctly, but My blood has paid for all these failures.”
God the Father will then slam the gavel on the sound block and say, “Case dismissed!” (Joseph Prince)
I love the old hymn, “Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, He (Jesus) washed it white as snow.”
“For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
The most difficult lesson to learn as a Christian is the past is the past. We cannot change it. It’s done. We’re not to judge others for sins that God has already forgiven and forgotten. Only God is the judge.
I’m thankful He forgave me of my sinful past and restored me. I’m thankful for the blood of Jesus that paid for my sins on the cross.
“Dear God, help me to love others unconditionally without judging. Help me be like Jesus.” Amen!
Jesus is THE answer! Jesus is YOUR answer!