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do you judge?

Have you ever looked at someone and said to yourself, “Why do they do the things they do? Why are they dressed that way? Why do they act that way?” And a few months or years later, you are doing the same thing that you judged someone else for doing. For this reason God will put you in the same situation to show you how people can do the things they do. Perhaps they do not have the knowledge that you do. Maybe they are at a different place in their walk or life. They could be going through a test from the Lord. The Bible says in Matthew 7:1 - 7:5, “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.” Jesus said “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold the log is in your own eye? You’re a hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

Jesus was preaching to a vindictive, self-righteous attitude that exists in all of us. We are to have judgment that only comes through the Spirit of God.

In Job chapter 6, Job’s friends were no help. They judged Job wrongly, for he was going through a trial from the Lord. His friends thought that he had sinned, however the Lord allowed him to be tested by Satan for the Lord’s glory. To Job’s knowledge he did nothing wrong. Even Job’s wife brought no comfort. Job 2:9 – 10 says, “Then his wife said to him, ‘Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!’ But he said to her, ‘You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept all this good from God and not accept adversity?’” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. From the outside it looked as if Job had sinned. His friends judged him. At the end of his trial he was restored ten-fold and Job repented for questioning the Lord. So, we as individuals may not know what is happening behind the scenes.

Do not judge people from a defiled heart. If we do, we are shown to be arrogant. We are to pray for those who are going through trials, and suffering, or have extenuating circumstances. For God judges a man by his heart, not on his outward appearance.

It was stated very well by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Dr. King had a hold on the gospel. If we are supportive and non judgmental, we will not only win a friend, but also win favor with God. Be supportive, be forgiving, and love one another.

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