I am so grateful to say & know that I have grown immensely in my walk with The Lord in the last few years. On the whole, this is AWESOME and helps me in so many ways that I’m always left wondering how on earth I handled situations prior to the closeness I now enjoy with my Heavenly Father, as well as intimacy with the Holy Spirit.
The ‘downside’, if you can call it that… (and seriously… Is there a downside? Probably not seeing as God’s Will for us is always the best way.)… would be that it can become apparent to you that friendships/acquaintances that used to ‘work’ when you had a similar moral compass, or even just generally similar thoughts on things, now no longer ‘work’ even remotely close to how they did before.
When you begin to deal with this kind of thing, the subject of judgement always comes into it.. I mean, seriously, you can’t sit there ‘comparing’ (even subconsciously) your choices with another, without it coming across that you are saying that another’s choices aren’t as good as yours? Complicated much ??? We are however, called to judge other’s decisions and choices. We NEED to do this so as to ascertain whether it’s an issue we should take on as truth, or otherwise.
Jesus knew humans would struggle with judging and He contained a stern warning in His Word: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:1-5).
In this blog, I’m going to focus on the section “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
This is my take on this.. and feel free to call me on it if you think it necessary. I will continue to judge others behaviour, in order for me to make a good decision as to whether those actions should be something that I take on, or leave. However, I KNOW that I am to be a model of Christ to others, I KNOW that I am responsible for how people see me, my decisions/actions etc etc, so If I am to be a good example to others, I need to know that I am being judged by others TO THIS SAME DEGREE. I know that I stuff up sometimes and don’t make the best decisions. It is at THOSE times that I most want people judging my behaviour… for two reasons. The first being that they would see that my behaviour/decision is wrong and not something they would want to copy, and Two… for those closest to me that I am accountable to… they can call me on said behaviour/decision and I can TURN FROM IT & LEARN FROM IT!
I do solidly believe that so much of this ‘you can’t judge others’ mentality is in part to blame for where we are today. We won’t call others on their behaviour… but the thing is that it’s US that needs to be open to be judged. That in itself goes against what society tell us though… apparently it’s all about us.. we deserve the BEST of everything, we can do whatever we want, and people’s opinion on it doesn’t matter. In fact, society tells us to resent people trying to guide us onto a better path.
The biggest issue I’ve come across is that people think to Judge is a one way street.. when in fact it isn’t. For example, if I’ve called someone on a bad decision it’s more than likely because I’ve already made it/suffered from it/learnt from it… and I’d like to spare them that process. (However, I do realise that sometimes we just need to ride through a situation IN ORDER to learn from it.)(Also, we need to discern when it’s our place to call someone on something, and when it isn’t. )
I know that I can take being called on for a bad decision because I RESPECT the person calling me on it. That word respect is one sadly missing in society these days. The tough times are when you feel judged by a person that possibly has not earnt your respect. It’s then that you need to take that judgement to God and get HIS thoughts on it. Seek HIS will on the issue and if HE sees you to be in error and if you should be making changes. The ONLY way we can make these sound decisions though is to be in constant communication with The Lord so as to KNOW His ways. aka.. Being IN THE WORD !!
So, in conclusion, I don’t read that verse as so many others do…. as it saying DO NOT JUDGE with a FULL STOP after it. I read it as it actually is… DO NOT JUDGE, OR…. etc etc etc. I for one am resigned to the fact that I WILL, and in fact I ASK certain people to judge my actions, in the hope that I will continue to become more and more like Christ in everything I say and do.
Such a light & fluffy blog entry today don’t you think? LOL.
Blessings Peeps xox