Jesus Not Judgment

jesus not judgementWhy is it so easy to think we’re better than others? Those who are in prison, homeless, addicted to drugs or alcohol, uneducated, unbelieving, overweight or underweight, lashing out in anger, engaged in sexual immorality, or acting unlovable are usually in pain.

Instead of jumping to judgment, condemnation, and critical remarks, first, put yourself in their shoes. Consider that it is by the grace of God that you are not in their situation. When you judge, keep in mind that you could have gone down the same path with a different set of circumstances.

Instead of judgment, show compassion and pray for them. Ask God for wisdom as you ponder their past pain and what they may have endured. Or better yet, ask them how you can help. They need to see Jesus in you not judgment.

Maybe your self-righteousness is toward someone who God has uniquely  designed with a different personality and perspective than yours. If you are critical ask the Holy Spirit to reveal truth. Maybe God wants to reveal Himself to you through your obedience to respond in love. He wants to give you a revelation of Himself as you follow Him (John 14:21).

Promise from God

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6:37).

Ask God to show you what He’s doing in the situation and where you’re at fault. Pride causes us to blame and accuse the other person by thinking we’re better than they are, which causes conflict and prevents a resolution from taking place. God says in Matthew 7:5, “First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

Praise and Prayer

Holy and Just God, you alone are worthy of all praise. You are righteous and I’m a sinner. Please forgive me for judging and condemning others. Forgive me for holding onto bitterness instead of showing mercy and grace. I realize it is by your grace alone that I am not in prison, homeless, or addicted to drugs. You have rescued me from a path of destruction. You took off the blinders to reveal truth that set me free from the bondage of my sin. Thank you that Jesus paid the price of my judgment, condemnation, and bitterness. I can now live a life of victory with His resurrection power. Help me to be compassionate toward those who are still struggling in their relationship with you. Allow me to be the love of Jesus, to be a help instead of a hinderance. Let me show unwavering grace by remembering to pray for them instead of judging them in their journey toward Jesus. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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