I love this verse! What it means to me is that judgement should be done the way God judges us – in love. It is very easy to encounter someone in our every day lives and look down upon them. To compare ourselves with them in self-righteous form. I catch myself doing it in situations where I might meet someone new or on Facebook when scrolling through my News Feed.
We have a responsibility to be fully aware of the thoughts that enter our minds. The enemy loves to use our thoughts against us. When we are aware of our thoughts, we can beat the enemy at his own game.
When you catch yourself judging someone, quietly in your mind, remind yourself that you don’t know everything about that person.
Remind yourself that you have not walked in their shoes.
Remind yourself that you would not want others to judge you without knowing the full story.
Think of a way you could bless the person whether it is with a compliment or a gift. Even something as simple as a smile can truly be a blessing to someone else.
There is a need to judge others in an effort to keep our lives focused where we should. We should carefully judge who we surround ourselves with. I think this includes family and friends. It is true that you cannot pick your family; however, it does not mean we need to spend time with family members if they are abusive in any way or if they are negative and bring you down.
It is difficult, sometimes, to determine who we should allow in to our lives and who not. When you love someone (I’m not just talking about romantic love) it is hard to let them go even if it is for our own good. When I have people in my inner circle that I am not sure should be there, I often pray for guidance, wisdom and courage. Most of all, I pray for the person.
Another verse to remind us Who is the ultimate judge:
1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.
What is your experience with judging others, being judged and how do you handle it?