I know that many of us have troubles with the topic of judgment. It’s often hard to avoid it especially for us, Christians, when we forget about all the goodness and grace that God has filled our lives with. It might happen that we forget that we once were in the place where someone might be now, and we judge, compare, or criticize.
The worst part is that we sometimes do it unconsciously, not necessarily by talking to someone but in our thoughts.
Remember, just as God’s infinite grace and wisdom brought freedom to our lives, we should give some of that grace and wisdom to others, instead of judging. Try to think about the way you were before knowing Jesus Christ and remember that you were there once… (this is not written as to justify anyone’s sin or say that all sins are equal, but to keep us humble and merciful).
These are some principles and consequences of judgment:
1. When we judge we take God’s place. God is the only one who determines what is good and bad before Him. When we judge we often do so from our insecurities, fears, anger, and bitterness.
Our task is to follow God’s word and not to be judges. Only God has the power to save or not.
2. Judgement condemns us. Don’t point at others. Who are we to judge and condemn?
You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. Romans 2:1
3. Judgement has a “boomerang” effect.
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37. It’s like activating a spiritual law, and it’ll come back to us.
4. When we are young, we sow against our parents by criticizing them and it might come back to us in our spouse or even in ourselves!
So: 1. Ask for God’s forgiveness for that sin from your past.
2. Forgive your parents.
3. Break the cycle.
5. What we judge shows what’s in our hearts.
You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. Matthew 12:34
And last but definitely, not least…
6. When we judge others, we are judging God for the work He has done in others. Just like the older son in the “Parable of the Lost Son” Read Luke 15:25-31
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine…” Isaiah 55:8
I hope this post has helped you to remember that God is merciful, loving and amazing to His children. And that we should really try to be more like Him in the way He loves us all, in spite of our faults and sins.
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Be gracious and don’t forget God’s love never fails.