Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©
Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.
(Romans 14:13 (NIV))
I hate to say this, but the Church needs to live this out better than it does. All too often, we spend our time judging each other instead of loving and supporting each other.
“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.
(Matthew 7:1-2 (NIV))
We do not have the right to judge each other. How can one filthy rag judge another filthy rag? None of us are worthy and none of us come close to having the authority that is God’s alone to grant. Perhaps it is human nature to be able to see the faults of others because they are the very faults that we try to hide. We see the reflection of ourselves much clearer than we see ourselves and we attempt to fix what we don’t like.
“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 7:3-5 (NIV))
All too often, our judgmental attitudes cause ourselves and others to falter in our walks of faith. We place obstacles to God’s grace in the lives of other people by the things that we do. Gossip, judgmental comments, and many other negative aspects of our daily lives have caused many members of the Body of Christ to leave the Body. I know that one day we will be held accountable for the stumbling blocks that we have placed in the way of others.
The Body of Christ is supposed to be unified by the Blood of Christ and not torn apart by the venom of judgment.
Pray that we will learn not to judge.