“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.”
I know I can speak for many when I say we all face judgment from our peers, family, friends and loved ones. We all have our ways to pass judgement. But when I read this scripture and it says how I judge, I will be judged. I worry. I can be critical sometimes. But I refuse to write this post saying that I don’t judge others in some kind of way. Then I would be a liar and also a hypocrite. I think we tend to judge others because it reflects the things we hate about ourselves. They say judgement is used to tear one down, in hopes to bring oneself up. So pretty much stating that at the expense of someone else, their shame brings us joy. But I know for a fact that EVERYONE has judged someone for something. Jesus tells us to examine our own motives and conduct instead of judging others. So why is it hard for us to do that? I know that when I’m on the receiving end of judgment, I wish that they could look past my short comings and just see me. And when I’m the one judging, I act as if I could have done way better or act as though I am different then them. When in reality the things we want to change in others is the very thing we want to change in ourselves. We forget that the only the ONLY judgement that counts is God’s. It’s easy to magnify ones faults and excuse our own; but is it fair? Why is it easy to point fingers and blame, when we cant even examine our own heart and faults? If we were a glass window and everyone could see what was inside, how exposed and helpless would we feel? Before you pass judgement on the next, examine yourself. If your faults were known how would you want them to act towards you? Hopefully the way Jesus does, when he forgives and loves us anyways. Because Only God can judge us. We might not follow that truth as often as we should, but judge yourself first. Act as though your about to expose yourself. Maybe we wont be as harsh, or maybe we will just excuse it all together. But really think about it. Do we want God to judge us, as we judge others? If that’s not a reality check, I don’t know what is. We are not as perfect as we tend to act. We will all face our own judgement, and I don’t know about you, but I can wait.