The Judge In Me

Boy am I glad I did not go into law or the justice system. I am a happier person when I am giving out grace and mercy rather than judgement. I think this has to do with my innate personality and gifting. On the other hand, I so easily judge myself and others. It is something my husband is especially good at pointing out to me. Overall I am glad he does because I do not want to follow the trend of judgement.

When I am around other people I often hear judgmental comments come from their mouths. So often these judgmental comments are the ones that sting me the most. For they so often hit some sensitive button somewhere inside me. So then I like to judge them in return. The unhealthy cycle has begun.

What would happen if we all stopped saying judgmental comments and work on our own judgement thinking? For me I might actually make some friends who I did not feel like I had to guard my heart towards.

Why do judgmental comments hurt so bad, even when it was not directed at me in particular? Overall it makes me feel inadequate and like I do not belong. Even when the comment does not apply to me it stirs up the reminder that I am imperfect and makes me feel like I am less than everyone else. It make me feel like I do not belong or I am unwelcome. On the other hand, a person that shares a prior struggle and how they found victory over a struggle gives me hope in the redemption of God.

We encounter so many things in life that teach us right from wrong. Good from bad. Light from Darkness. Then there are all the things that are grey, where there is no clear answer. These “controversial” topics that we spend so much time arguing over. But ultimately it is God that determines what is sin and not sin.

Our worldly legal system judges people based on evidence and action. Therefore we intern try to judge others based on what we see, what we perceive and what we understand. But God he sees the hearts and minds of a person and is able to determine and judge based on the core source of our thinking and actions. This is why God is the only true justice.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5

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