“Do not judge and criticize and condemn [others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous superiority as though assuming the office of a judge], so that you will not be judged [unfairly]. For just as you [hypocritically] judge others [when you are sinful and unrepentant], so will you be judged; and in accordance with your standard of measure [used to pass out judgment], judgment will be measured to you. Why do you look at the [insignificant] speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice and acknowledge the [egregious] log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me get the speck out of your eye,’ when there is a log in your own eye? You hypocrite (play-actor, pretender), first get the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”Matthew 7:1-5 AMP
If you want to be effective as an ambassador of Christ, or in relationships of any kind, leave judgment at the Door.
What do I mean by that?
Simply this, Jesus is the Judge and Jesus is the Door. It’s not our place to judge others. We don’t know where they’ve come from, what they’ve experienced, or how their story ends. We see people in a moment, in a snapshot of their life, and we make snap judgments. Mostly for selfish reasons, to see if they are a threat or a friendly or if we can use them somehow to further our own goals. That’s human nature.
God sees them as a person. A person that He loves. A person that needs salvation and redemption. I think we can all identify with that person. Did you live a perfect, holy and sinless life? Of course not. We were all born into sin.
The point is, God and God alone will judge us all. If we place ourselves in the judgment seat, we will find ourselves judged most severely. There is no forgiveness for those who do not forgive. There is no forgiveness for those who do not repent. There is no forgiveness for those who willfully live lives of disobedience when they know better. God is not messing around. He wants you to follow Him. Live like Jesus did. Obey your Heavenly Father’s heart and instruction.
We think of obedience as a bad thing for some reason yet we train our dogs. Is it because we’re all self-righteous hypocrites at heart when we live according to the flesh? I think so.
If you want to walk in love, if you want to walk in the Spirit, leave judgment where it belongs, in the hands of Christ. Forgive and keep on forgiving. Christ forgave us and bore the penalty we all deserved. Let love win. Let grace abound. The only person you’re hurting by judging and not forgiving is yourself and anyone that comes in contact with you. Keep your house clean. Repent from judging others. There is no mercy for the merciless.
God, lead us in Your love to those around us. May we be Your ambassadors of grace, mercy, truth, love and forgiveness. May healing come to us and through us as we share the message and the love of Christ to a lost and broken world. Give us grace to live well and finish well. In Your Name we pray. Amen.
There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy [the one God who has the absolute power of life and death]; but who are you to [hypocritically or self-righteously] pass judgment on your neighbor?James 4:12 AMP