Have you ever felt like someone was judging you? Like someone treated you differently because of your circumstances, lifestyle or beliefs? Or are you the one who has been judging others without knowing the person or the truth surrounding a situation?
Social media makes it easy to criticize and judge others without first requiring a self-check. Human beings resist being judged, but are usually quick to categorize and treat others based on perceptions and experiences. There are those who believe a person should judge the sin, but not the sinner. Some people judge a tree by the fruit that it bears while others believe you can’t judge a book by its cover. Whatever the philosophy, wrong judgment can damage vital relationships and harden hearts.
And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not:
for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. – John 12:47
Judge not, that ye be not judged.
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged:
and with what measure ye mete,
it shall be measured to you again. – Matthew 7:1-2
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday,
or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: – Colossians 2:16
Scripture reminds us that Jesus did not judge or condemn anyone. He was sent to save you, me and the entire world! As Believers, we are advised not to judge others or allow others to judge us based on the way we live our lives. Personal comments are best kept to ourselves. Sharing the love of God and being a living testimony of His power and grace is a great alternative.
Living free of judgment makes it easier to nurture friendships, build trust and forgive others. When we read the Word of God, it evokes strength and guidance to look past the outward appearance of man. It also gives us encouragement to look past our own situations and press towards the future with joy in our hearts. The Word helps us to focus on God and be assured that He will take care of everything.
Friend, today is a great day to live boldly for Christ and free of judgment!