Saturday September 1, 2018

by colinscanvas

James 4:11-12

11 Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you. 12 God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?

Holy cow it’s September! Summer really flies by and I don’t like it one bit. I hope you enjoyed the weather and got some time to be with friends and family. Right now I am on vacation in Michigan with my dad’s side of the family. Boy they are a fun time. Never a dull moment. Whether it’s friends, family, or those we don’t know, judging others can get in the way of a lot. Our potential, our heart, and our relationships.

I’ll just be honest with you all. I most definitely judge others. I believe it is a part of us and is only growing with the rise of social media. I can think of an instant when I judged someone. I was at my first night of leading a bible study group at my church. We were assigned random people in our group we didn’t know. I was meeting new people in my group and saw this tall kid with dreads walk in. He had wicked unique style too so I was like, who is this dude? I began judging and even telling others about this new dude. He ends up being in my group! He didn’t say a word the whole time. Then at the very last second he spoke. My co-leader asks the group if we can pray for anything and he jumps right out and says, “I have something.”

This dude, who I won’t say his name, tells us he had been smoking marijuana since forever and wanted to quit. He was nearly in tears telling us about it. He used it to cover up hurt and hardship from his past. We prayed for him that night and weeks after that. He has not smoked since that day. Now what the heck does this have to do with judging. I expected this man to be a huge hipster stoner and I was right! BUT it didn’t mean anthing. I ended up seeing this man grow so close to Jesus it brought me to tears. This dude became a true brother in Christ and I almost ruined it.

See others for who they’re becoming. Not who they were.” – Bob Goff

Judging others affects our heart. It makes it hard and dark. It makes us negative and unloving. It is so easy to judge others because no one is perfect. How about we judge others a little less and love a little more. I guarantee God will begin to shift your heart towards more joy. Our heart affects everything. If we allow our heart to rot and grow evil it can lead to other areas of our life. It will hurt our potential to love others and it will put a road block in front of our ultimate destiny.

Give God the keys to this door of judgement. Allow him to open it and clean it up. Then chuck those keys into a lake.

Who am I judging? Friends? Family?

How can I shift my heart to loving instead of judging?

Dear Lord, give us a bold spirit to begin to love and not hate others. Remind us our judgement hurts us even more than it hurts others. You are so good. Amen.

Have a great weekend!

C. Lyman

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