Written with: CONVICTION
brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
~ Matthew 7:3 NIV
Did you know, the word “judge” along with its’ variations are found in the KJV Bible more than 733 times? This lets us know that God really wants us to GET it. If you think about it, it is key to our sheer existence. It is the difference between loving someone and hating them; accepting and intolerance; patient and violent. If we remove judgment from our hearts, the only choice left is to…LOVE.
In John 15:37, it states that Jesus’ one command was to love each other. Unfortunately, we just haven’t been able to get this right. But what makes this so hard? A lot of factors play a part, but the fundamental ingredient is, our expectations. Even though we know no one is perfect, there seems to be an implied “but.” We expect people to think of everything. We expect people to know better. We expect people to never ever physically, emotionally, or spiritually hurt us.
Even though we may feel validated in the moment in which we judge, God is calling us higher. To accept, be patient with, and to LOVE each other. It is not God’s desire, it is His command.
The “R’s of Not Judging” was created for us to truly master not judging. Carefully consider how you can begin applying each statement below to your life.
- When you feel a judgement coming on, RELAX and pray. Ask God to forgive you, remove the thought, and replace it with how He would assess the situation.
- When you think you are more important than others, REMEMBER your shortcomings. We all have areas in our lives that need growth.
- When you think others should have known better, RECALL the times you did not. No one is perfect and cannot think of everything all the time.
- When you have a hard time accepting someone, REGARD how unloved you would feel. No one wants to feel isolated, not understood, or discriminated against.
- When you struggle giving the benefit of the doubt, REALIZE that’s when you need to the most. These are the moments where your justifications are at its highest. Break through your flesh before someone gets emotionally or physically hurt.
- When you tell yourself, “I would never do or think that,” RECOGNIZE you cannot predict the future. Many of us perform the same act, disguised in a different scenario. Never say never!
Adapting these new thought patterns will get us to where God wants us to be - Loving and not Judging. Everyone is God’s children and deserves to be treated as such. God is merciful to us therefore, let’s extend the same grace.