Judging people is always pointing the finger at someone else
Reference: “Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.” 1 Corinthians 4:5 NIV
Explore: I’m disappointed to say that as Christians we are very good at judging other people. How do I know this? Because I, too, am a judgmental Christian!
They look at their phone during church; they dress provocatively; they lived together before getting married; they use inappropriate words; they let their kids get away with everything; they eat too much fast food…
Judgments don’t just limit themselves to one area of someone’s life but can point the finger at every turn. Did you see what every statement starts with? “They”.
Judging people is always pointing the finger at someone else rather than thinking about our own actions. And it comes so easily to most people.
Application: We are told, however, to do the opposite. “Judge nothing” says Paul in 1 Corinthians.
Sometimes we feel it is our right to judge, or that we know better, but rarely do we know or understand the full story.
If, as Christians, we loved more than we judged then the world would be a better place and God’s kingdom would reign here on earth.
Let’s bring God’s kingdom closer by loving rather than judging.
Prayer: Lord, You loved us so much You took all the consequences of our wrong doing. May we be that gracious to those in our congregations and in our neighbourhoods. Amen.
How can you love more than judge this week?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.