Who am I to judge?
You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: ” ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.’ ” So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way. Romans 14:10-13
What is his problem? No seriously, why is he acting that way? He clearly has no idea what he is doing.. etc.. etc.. blah blah blah… !
Being critical of others is way too easy. But the Bible is challenging me hard right now, I am not to judge others, leave that job up to God.
So right now I make a decision.. as best I can I will not judge others, not be critical of others. But how do I do this? I choose to. This awesome passage says: Instead, make up your mind.. I choose to, I come to the decision not to judge. I wake up and I say to myself.. I won’t judge today, I will love instead. When a judgemental thought comes into my head I decide there and then to tell it to get lost and fill my thoughts with love and kindness. And slowly but surely my mind will become more open to being loving and closed to judgement.
And why is being judgemental a shocker to be involved in? Well the first thing is that this is God’s job not mine. And He is way better qualified and suited to the task, what can I really know about the true heart of someone? Can I know all the facts? No. Why with a court case a judge and jury will be presented with tons of details and evidence, arguments and data. It can takes months involving many skilled and qualified staff to make a careful judgement. And even then… So what can I expect to be able to do by myself, with limited data and hardly any time? Not much!
And this amazing Roman’s passage is clear: Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way. When I am judgemental I am in effect trying to block them from a full life in Christ. I am attempting to deny them love and instead dishing out hate.
So this day I choose not to judge but to love. Will you join me?
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