Dear Lord, thank you for the opportunity to share Your word. May it crawl into the hearts of those reading it and may it glorify Your name above all else. Thank you for being my best friend. I love you. Amen.
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgement on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgement do the same things.
A lot of big words there, lets see if we can’t break it down a bit. Paul is writing to the believers in Rome and is very encouraged by them, but wants to remind them of a few things first. Here we very clearly see he wants us to guard our hearts from judgement.
Today I woke up, hit around the golf ball for nine holes and decided to snag a haircut afterwards. It was a long wait for the haircut, so I put my name in and went across the street to grab a bite to eat. Didn’t even mean to rhyme there, but here we are. Now I have never been to this diner, but it seemed like an awesome spot, mostly because it was PACKED and I was hungry.
I pushed open the door and saw a table open, so I promptly seated myself. I sat there waiting for someone to wait on me. Five minutes, Ten minutes, Fifteen minutes… I started looking around trying to make eye contact with a server and no one would acknowledge my existence! To put it simply, I was a bit confused and very unhappy.
“This customer service is awful. Who are these people? What kind of establishment is this? How does no one see me!?” I was ready to pull a worker aside and ask what the heck was going on. Then I turned around and noticed a line…
You had to order your food first at a register and then they would bring it out to you. Oh my gosh. I laughed at myself, got in line, ordered, and waited about 2 minutes for my grilled cheese, yes I got a grilled cheese. It was a light meal okay! This was TODAY. I caught myself judging others. It is funny how God uses His humor to humble us.
Getting upset, judging others work ethic and attentiveness, it ended up hurt me more than anything. My heart was beginning to get hard. That is the thing about judgement. It hurts us and makes us bitter inside.
This verse goes on further reminding us, uhm we aren’t perfect either. Whatever we are judging, we are probably guilty of the same faults. So what is the point of it at all! The point is, there is no point.
We are called to see the world through God’s eyes. God sees everyone as perfect and blameless. Even though we aren’t these things, He sees us this way. This has shifted my heart in such a way that I try, emphasis on try, to see others through God’s eyes.
Seeing the good in people makes life so much more enjoyable for us and for others. It can be an encouragement to others and helps our hearts at the same time. My prayer is that next time I find myself judging that I will allow the Spirit to step in. I pray I can take a deep breath and remember, I am not perfect either, I have messed up A LOT, and give the person some grace. Because that is what God would do.
Thank you for reading. If you have a story similar to this I would love to hear it. Your comments and likes are encouraging and help me learn how to be a better writer.
Have a great week!