Only God Can Judge Me [And You]
“There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers; those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth; those whose eyes are ever so haughty, whose glances are so disdainful; those whose teeth are swords and whose jaws are set with knives to devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among mankind.” Proverbs 30:11-14
Something that I have struggled with my entire life is passing judgment on others. It isn’t always huge judgments that are super extreme, but even just small ones that are just unnecessary. Everything from ‘I cannot believe that she is wearing that’ to ‘I cannot believe that thing that this person has done’ to ‘I cannot believe how this person chooses to live their life’. The sins of others are not for me to condemn or convict.
“You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one.” John 8:15
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37
Time and time again throughout the Bible it is written that judging fellow man is not what we are to do. And we have absolutely no right to do so. And I sure do not want God to scrutinize and judge every single misdeed that I have ever done in the End.
“You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.” Romans 2:1
How can I expect other people, whether they be Christians, faithful, or people without faith to accept, respect, and even find interest in myself or my faith if I cannot accept and respect them for exactly as they are (God sure does!).
“Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.” Romans 14:1
“Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.” Leviticus 19:15
“When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7
This is the story of Jesus telling the priests that whoever was without sin could throw stones at the woman who was caught in adultery. Jesus was the only one without sin, and did he throw stones? No, he did not. Instead he showed compassion, and expressed the love that God has for his children, no matter what path their life had taken before (or even afterwards).
“Suppose there is a righteous man who does what is just and right.” Ezekiel 18:5
We are all the children of God and should show his love and compassion to every single being on this earth. We are all guilty of countless sins.
Do I believe this means that we have to surround ourselves with people who do not choose to live their lives the way that we should all live our lives? No. But I do believe in we expressing forgiveness for one another, and praying for one another, and praying that someone who is lost is able to find the light of the Lord rather than condemning and hating them.
Sometimes this is a very difficult thing to do in certain situations. But in order for the light of the Lord to shine through us we have to express love, forgiveness, and no judgment. Leave the condemnation and the judgment to God. “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” Matthew 7:1
“These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good.” Proverbs 24:23