““Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37
The Lord knows our thoughts. He knew the thoughts I had been thinking. I had been frustrated and upset by a sister in the Lord’s actions. Or, rather, inaction. A broken promise. Again and again. Same promise. Broken over and again. Instead of forgiving her, and removing my expectation that would only be met with more being let down, I was judging her.
For every moment we are judging someone, we are losing a moment we could be loving that person in some way. Praying for the person. Reaching out to that person. Helping that person. Giving to that person. Encouraging that person. Pointing that person to Christ. Pointing to the person to the Bible.
Or, if it’s the Lord’s will, walking away from that person because He doesn’t want us in that person’s life, at least then anyway. What then would we do with the moment we might have been judging the person if we choose not to judge?
Loving the Lord, loving others. Fulfilling God’s will for our lives. Fulfilling His will for that moment, and the next one, and the next. Not filling our moments with judging others. Filling them with Christ’s love and God’s perfect will.
Choosing not to judge someone isn’t merely about spending our lives moment by moment more wisely than we would otherwise do if we didn’t judge people. It’s about choosing the way of obedience to God. Whatever His precise will is for the moments of our lives.
The Lord makes clear in His Word over and again that He is the judge, not us. He tells us NOT to judge others, but to keep ourselves clean and pure which allows us to help others not hurt them. We need to let the judge be the judge. God is judge. The one true judge. The holy and righteous judge.
You who are reading this, is there someone you have been judging now that you think about it? Please repent before God. And do as the Lord told me that day. I had been judging my sister in the Lord. What I needed to be doing wasn’t to judge.
I needed to love. First, foremost, and always, the Lord. Next, the one the Lord showed me I had been judging. I needed to love instead.
Tough and convicting message, isn’t it? One so very many of us likely need to hear.