Always a good reminder for everyone, myself included:
I’ve noticed some disturbing things over the last few months. First off, another pet peeve of mine is judgment. We’re all guilty of it. Why do we do it? Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:1-5 to “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look a the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye! Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye,” even over the less important specks.
One example that comes to my mind is those who call themselves grammar kings/queens/nazis — you aren’t above errors, I’ve seen them. Be careful in how you address other’s “specks” and make sure you don’t have any “planks” in your writing… 🙂 If you cannot guarantee that you never have mistakes, then maybe be a bit cautious before calling someone out on theirs. Let’s not be so busy in pointing out the negative in other people…regardless of what their “specks” are.
It’s one of many things that non-believers fear when they walk into a church. Are we all practicing what we preach? Well, we say sure, we don’t judge those sinners because they don’t know Christ yet. Well what about our own brothers and sisters? Those we are also called to love no matter what? We hear a lot about forgiveness, but we’re not always so willing to forgive our offenders. Maybe if we didn’t judge other people so much, forgiveness would be a little easier.
Here’s another related issue. We’re not always right! It’s okay to make a mistake or, heaven forbid, to be wrong.
1 Corinthians 13 (MSG) 3-7 “If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always ‘me first,’
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.”
Imagine how much healthier & richer our lives & our relationships would be if we engaged in this kind of love more often! My prayer for myself and for the rest of us is that we humble ourselves before God and ask Him to help us love one another in this way; that He fills us with His love, so that we may pour out our love into others; and that He helps us love the unlovely. It is NOT easy, which is why we should ask for His help. He doesn’t expect us to follow His word without Him. I used to think that I had to do this all on my own, but obviously, I can’t and I’m okay with it.
If after reading this post you feel yourself saying: “yes, but…” Pray. Give that condition over to the Lord and He will show you how to forgive and let go of judgment, and how to love that person/people. If it doesn’t resolve quickly, that’s okay. Pray Until Something Happens. If your heart twists as you read this, ask God to show you who you’ve judged or haven’t forgiven and ask Him to help you. I could share countless times of when God’s helped me in either situation and I experience healing and freedom from those hurts or judgmental attitude/thoughts. Trust Him. Ask Him. Seek Him. He will answer.