When you judge, you sin, just like every other sin. There is a huge component of pride and comparison. One sin is not better than another because it is more obvious or noticable. Any over reach of pride is sin for it is in stark contrast to the humbleness we are supposed to have being created beings and not creators. We need to humbly work on our own decisions and walk with loving God and everyone else. Let them work out their own walk with loving God and everyone else. Judging in never to help the person but to pump yourself up. Don’t. Love. Master that well and you will inspire others.😄❤
Jesus Christ is qualified to judge for He is perfect and fully God and fully man and died and rose for our redemption. He is qualified to judge us. And someday He will. Until thrn, however, He chooses to lovingly and abundantly supply grace with just a humble prayer. When we judge each other or ourselves, we are in error. God alone can judge and He chooses grace and mercy until judgment day. He in love wants everyone saved. And while that is unlikely because of the pride problem that blinds many. Nonetheless, He made everyone on purpose with love and is being very patient even now so grace and mercy can save as many as will be humble and ask. When we judge others or ourselves, we are saying we are qualified to judge, that we are perfect, that we are God. We are not. The absolute best we can ever do is walk in humble obedience to God and worship Him, then extend that worship into service. That is it, just so simple. Judging is complex and we are not capable of understanding its complexity. The Word of God and the Holy Spirit speak for themselves and declare what is pleasing or displeasing to God. We should just follow that. Find it out and do it. Beyond that, we journey too far. God bless, my friend.😄❤
I am a follower of Christ and His way of love. Now, I use that statement intentionally because the shorter version “Christian” has gotten quite a negative connotation because of so many using the term that do not know anything about my precious Savior and what He stands for and what we should act like. And any title should not be used unless the title fits the actions of the title holder. If I take the title of a company, for instance a “banker”, I would be expected to offer services in an efficient and friendly manner and not disrespect the clients, tell them how to spend their money, criticize them for flamboyant spending or pocket their money. There are expectations with a title. And when anyone takes the name of “Christian”, they should know how He showed us to live while He was on this earth. He was loving above all, healed people, talked to people, was not rude, DID NOT JUDGE except the hypocrites, accepted people, touched people, so on. And I can instantly know the spiritual maturity and depth of study of anyone using that beloved title who runs their mouth judging everyone and never offering any loving word or kindness or anything. We have no authority whatsoever to judge a nonbeliever. Fellow Christians need to be held accountable to represent Christ but believers are never to be judge, lifts eyebrows toward, looked at funny, belittled, shunned, anything. Jesus Christ hung out with unbelievers all the time. Why? Because His primary objective was to win souls for God and be an example for us to do the same. If you are not going to love on people and share the Good News and give people hope, shut up and do not claim the title of ” Christian”. We who claim the title are held at a much higher standard so you are not doing yourself any favors either by trying to look pious with ignorance behind it. We are still called to share our blessed hope, and this world needs our bright light of hope now more than ever. Man up. Woman up. Be a follower of Christ, yes! But don’t even claim that unless you are seriously committed to acting like Christ to the best of your ability and studying and living what that means, which is serious and pure love and NOT judgment. And you preachers need to apply this to your messages from now on because y’all are the leaders. Judging is easy but ignorant and foolish and not the way of Jesus Christ. Love takes much more energy and is the way of Christ. You will never criticize a person to the cross but you can certainly love them to it. Be the hope and love and joy and light, Christians. We all need that in our world so badly. Live it. Represent.
“We know that God said, ‘I will punish those who do wrong; I will repay them.’ And he also said, ‘The Lord will judge his people.’ It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” – Hebrews 10:30 – 31
Memo to me: live beyond reproof to the best of my ability.
Romans 14 speaks of the “way of love” and states very concretely that we are not to judge others of the faith. When we judge, we can chase them away and that is not the way of love. I absolutely love that term and would love to reintroduce to the world a loving, thriving movement of God’s kingdom as the “Way of Love”. I think that would be glorious. In the smaller arguments, food and drink don’t really matter in the scheme of things. All food and drink is permissible in moderation, but if someone firmly believes this or that is wrong, stay away from those things around them so as not to make them feel judged or unloved. The way of love comes alongside and meets where they are and walks along their path with them. You still retain your beliefs between you and God, but you never cause a fellow in the way of love to be harmed at your hand, if it within your power. People are far too valuable for that. We in the way of love show them love and understanding and truth IN LOVE and gentle peace and joy and rightness with God to the best of our ability. I am not now and never in this human suit will be perfect. Even after, probably not. However, we know Someone who loves perfectly and can learn His way of love from His Word and talking to Him. Here in the last days, however many there may be of them, I believe God is speaking more directly to us who follow His way of love to show us more how to love well to lead as many people to Him as possible. He is worth every effort we bestow and loves us enormously. Every single person was made on purpose for His purpose and should be treated respectfully and honorably and lovingly. When we do this, we yield up an example for others to follow and the way of love spreads. What a fabulous thought! 🙂