I’m very good when it comes to looking at someone and making a quick judgment. I don’t even need to hear all the circumstances.
Sometimes I judge others—and it is bothering me.
“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-5)
A good judge looks at everything with a panoramic lens. A qualified judge knows how important it is to view all cases with an open perspective. An honest judge does not let anything cloud his/her vision.
Do not judge . . . your parents, your spouse, your children, your siblings, your friends, your co-workers, your boss, your neighbors, your former classmates, your in-laws, your pastor, your distant relatives, your doctors and nurses, your fellow churchgoers, your spouse’s friends, your various group members, your walking partner, your partner in crime, your hairdresser, your waiter, your lawyer, your sales clerk, your political leaders, your past and present teachers, your people that you see who are homeless and in need of so much more than just a home.
Do not judge anyone, so that you will not be judged . . . unless you are comfortable being judged by your standard of measure that you judge others.
For in the way you judge, you will be judged.
On second thought, I could never be a judge. I have no experience. I’m terrible when it comes to looking at someone, and making a quick judgment. I don’t even take time to hear all the circumstances.
We’ve been given fair warning on this subject of becoming a judge. What’s your stance?
|"Just so, I tell you there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance."|