My judging of others has put me to shame.
Reference: “About three months later Judah was told, “Your daughter-in-law Tamar is guilty of prostitution, and as a result she is now pregnant.” Judah said, “Bring her out and have her burned to death!”” Genesis 38:24 NIV
Explore: I am the first to admit that I am quick to judge people as guilty before I have heard the full story. There are many occasions I can think of that my judging of others has put me to shame.
I am often quick to judge people’s outward appearance only to hear their personal life is in turmoil. I will judge people’s working ability only to discover they are under great pressure in other areas.
Judging is easy. It means you don’t have to extend yourself to show compassion or think beyond what you can see.
Application: We find people in the Bible making rash judgments on others. Jacob harshly judged his daughter-in-law, calling for her death, before he realised he was even more to blame.
Not one of us is perfect. We all have our faults and failings.
It’s good for us to work on our weaknesses as well as showing empathy to other people’s struggles. Instead of making an easy judgment I have found it much more valuable to take the time to explore where other people are coming from. The more we know the greater understanding we can share.
Prayer: Lord, our world is full of judgment. We feel it directed towards us as well as often instigating it ourselves. Help us to show understanding and compassion to all who come across our paths. Amen.
When have you judged or been judged unfairly?
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.