Friday, September 20, 2013

Judging Others

   Passing judgement on other people is something a lot of people, myself included, struggle with. The other day I was reading Romans and ran across this verse.
     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
    It made me stop to think because while I might not sin in exactly the same way as other people, I still sin, and because of that, the very action judging them is a sin. When we judge we're looking down on someone for sinning while we ourselves sin! I knew that before but needed the reminder. (Thank you God!)
    One thing that causes me to judge is profane language. When someone curses, my opinion of them automatically, and often subconsciously, goes down. However, I have one friend that I really like but she isn't a Christian and has absolutely no interest in any kind of faith. She does different things I don't agree with (because I'm looking through Bible eyes), including her word choice. But often, instead of judging her when she says things, I judge the word she's just said. If I can do this with her vulgarity, why can't I do it with everyone and every sin, why can't we all?
    What I'm not saying is that we should ignore that a certain person is doing something. We shouldn't. We need to keep in mind the ways different people are challenged so that we can be there for them if God ever asks us to, or share of verse we're feeling led to share with them. What we shouldn't do is hold the sin against them.
     So, in conclusion, don't judge people, judge actions. Don't see someone you don't want to be like, see something you don't want to do. 
You who judge often practice the same thing.
p.s. Click here for more verses about judging. 

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