Do you sometimes analyze what others are doing?
Do you struggle with passing judgment on others?
While it is good to apply wisdom and discernment to our lives, it can be hurtful when we assume the wrong things about others. Most of the time, we do not know all of the details of someone else’s life story and so we pass judgement based on where they are at in life. Sometimes we assume we know someone’s motives and rather than trying to assume the best, we assume the worst. It is easy to conclude that we are better than others because they sin differently than we do.
This can be so damaging in the church and it drives a wedge in between sisters and brothers in Christ. The key word we need to apply in our lives towards others is —> GRACE! Don’t we all need grace sometimes? Just imagine, how beautiful the church body would be if we applied more grace and less judgement.
Rick Warren’s says in “The Purpose Driven Life” “What are you doing personally to make your church family more warm and loving? There are many people in your community who are looking for love and a place to belong. The truth is, everyone needs and wants to be loved, and when people find a church where members genuinely love and care for each other you would have to lock the doors to keep them away.”
If you find yourself having judgmental thoughts, meditate on these encouraging verses and allow God to fill you with all wisdom as you seek Him!
Here’s 10 Verses for When You Feel Judgmental-
1. Jesus says not to judge or condemn- but to forgive.
Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven. ~Luke 6:37
2. Show love and kindness as Jesus did- not judgment.
As they continued to ask Jesus, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” ~John 8:7
3. We are all just sinners – saved by grace – nothing more.
Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. ~Romans 2:1
4. God does not see what man sees. You cannot see everyone’s hearts- but God does.
There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? ~James 4:12
5. Instead of focusing on other people’s sins, evaluate your own heart and repent of any unconfessed sin.
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? ~Matthew 7:3
6. Treat others the way you would want to be treated.
As you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. ~Luke 6:31
7. Do not let sinful judgement of friends destroy your friendships. Remember, we are all human on the journey toward sanctification and we are all in different places on our journey.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. ~Romans 12:16
8. Sometimes judgmental thoughts can come from jealousy. Jealousy comes when we take our eyes off of Jesus.
Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. ~Luke 6:35
9. Words carry power. Look for ways to build others up- not tear them down.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. ~Ephesians 4:29
10. Remember that you will give an account to God- focus on having your heart and mind right before Him.
So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. ~Romans 14:12-13
We should love our neighbor. The greatest command is to love God and the second, is to love our neighbor as ourselves. Everyone God has placed into our lives – brothers, sisters, Aunts, Uncles, co-workers, church members, cashiers, bank tellers, coffee baristas, bus drivers, you name it – we are commanded to love them.
Be a friend.
Listen, love, comfort, encourage and pray for those God has placed into your life.
Love your neighbor and leave the judgement to God.
Keep walking with the King!
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If you’re looking to study this topic further, I would recommend the book of Galatians. Galatians can set you free from the power of sin and any legalism in your life. May we experience the grace of God, that only comes through faith alone, in Christ alone!
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