Devotional Reflections: Judging Others

Judging Others

Judging Others
By Priscilla Greundler

 

“Do not judge and criticize and condemn [others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous superiority as though assuming the office of a judge], so that you will not be judged [unfairly]. For just as you [hypocritically] judge others [when you are sinful and unrepentant], so will you be judged; and in accordance with your standard of measure [used to pass out judgment], judgment will be measured to you. Why do you look at the [insignificant] speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice and acknowledge the [egregious] log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me get the speck out of your eye,’ when there is a log in your own eye? You hypocrite (play-actor, pretender), first get the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

Matthew 7:1-5 AMP

 

God is full of compassion, grace, and mercy. On one particular day, I had none of His characteristics in me. I heard about a person whose daughter, for many years, has struggled with an addiction. I was quick to reply, “What? After all these years her daughter is doing what?” Holy Spirit said to me, “What are you saying about My child. Repent! Repent!”

 

“If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just [true to His own nature and promises], and will forgive our sins and cleanse us continually from all unrighteousness [our wrongdoing, everything not in conformity with His will and purpose].”
1 John 1:9 (AMP)

 

A few days after that, a close family member of mine had to be rushed to the hospital because of their alcohol abuse. And this person got out of the hospital and the very next day, 911 had to be called again. I had become very insensitive to something like this happening, even though I knew the pain the mother of the daughter was in. She felt like, “This is happening again!”

 

Her daughter had been doing so good just as my family member was doing good. Her daughter had been clean for a whole year and was now going to move into her own apartment with her children. The enemy gets in us and out of the wounds in our soul, we speak. I was passing judgement in my flesh – in my limited carnal knowledge. God judges a person, and his judgment flows out of Omniscience. That’s why it’s perfect when God judges us.

 

“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

James 4:6 (ESV)

 

I am to be compassionate. As Jesus is toward me, I should be towards those who are struggling, no matter how many years they are in an addiction.

 

Can you relate to this account? Remember, any time we find ourselves looking at the spot in someone else’s eye or not showing compassion for them, but talking about or speaking accusation against someone, we should be quick to repent.

 

Comment below about a time you had a heart issue and needed to repent before the Lord to be healed, we would love to hear from you!

Comments (5)
J
Posted at 03:55h, 08 July Reply

When i became a new christian i invited a friend to my bible study class. That friend brought another friend who was partially deaf to the same bible study class. He kept interrupting the teacher because he didn't hear her pause. I was carnal because I had just become born again and I cried out to God how that guy embarrassed me in the bible study class. Didn't you know it, God had me loose my hearing in that prayer session for what seemed like a half hour but i think it was only 15 minutes. Talk about learning not to judge others. I learned real quick that I must lose my carnality and especially not judge others who have an illness or disability.

Maria Chavez
Posted at 20:36h, 23 April Reply

I have a daughter her name is Estella she is 52 years old and she has been on drugs a long time she's been homeless and she is about to be homeless again, she has been saved a few years and she loves to go to church goes to Bible study reads the Bible and is very generous and helpful but she still has not stopped doing her weed and what ever else she does all day long and when she gets up, she is working and has bought herself a vehicle that gets her around but she blows most of her money on whatever drugs she buys and also shares with her daughter and whom ever else she can, I was going to rent a place together with her but I can't trust her do do her share and I don't like what she does and I don't want it in my home. She is 52 and that is what is most important to her, to her it is not bad. I keep praying that God will completely deliver her from it and my granddaughter also because I know that He is the only one that can help them deliver them completely. I'm trying not to judge her and believe that God will answer my prayer.

Marilyn
Posted at 12:47h, 23 April Reply

I noticed you wrote, spot in someone's eye.....I am just wondering if different Bibles say spot in someone's eye ? I always have read speck in someone's eye. Kindly Marilyn

Vern
Posted at 02:40h, 23 April Reply

Good reminder! We are sinners too. Stop judging.

Ann-Margaret Baker
Posted at 21:44h, 22 April Reply

Great word. Yes Abba keep me and my family humble. Keep our eyes fixed on you. May the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be pleasing in your sight. Make us excellent of soul

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