Matthew 7:1-2 “Who Are We to Judge?”
“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.
It’s really hard not to be judgmental towards others. In fact, it’s easy to point out the things that other people are doing wrong, isn’t it? What makes people judgmental, and what are they judging? When we judge, we are finding fault in another person. But, that judgment of fault is really just our perception. For instance, a gang member might judge a new recruit as “weak” if they didn’t kill another person during initiation rites. Or, a dishonest businessman might judge his customers as stupid and feel no remorse for dishonestly taking their money. Judging takes on all shapes and sizes, but mature people of character have a whole different perspective of what judging is, based on God’s Word.
When God talks about not judging others, He is coaching us to realize all people are different, but more importantly all people are loved and treasured by God. If we judge others harshly, why would we begin to believe God should be forgiving of all our faults and foibles? God says if we do one thing wrong, then we’re equally as guilty as the worst sinner in the world. That’s a pretty tough standard, huh? But, the Big Guy makes the rules. He says we’re no better than the biggest loser without Jesus’ sacrifice to erase our sins. So, next time you want to rip on someone else, hold your tongue and remember your own faults. That isn’t to say we can’t be a positive influence; we just need to remember we’re really not “good” enough to judge others!
That doesn’t mean we turn our back on trying to be a good influence to those around us. The sign of a good person who has leadership potential is the ability to move another person in the right direction, which is improving their situation from where they are, to a slightly better place. Not everyone has the same motivations and aspirations. Once we understand every person is unique and the ultimate goal for everyone is to be happy and to achieve eternal life, we become a much better leader. Once we understand there is a big picture, we value making small incremental improvements in the people we influence and lead.
Don’t judge people. Help people do the best they can, with where they are, with love and prayer, rather than judgment and condemnation. Challenge those you lead to get better, and be careful to hire competent teammates, but don’t judge anyone as any less forgiven or loved by God!!
A personal message...
“These devotions were written to my four children, Christian, Mike, Allison and Alex. By the kids allowing these to be shared publicly, our hope is that the devotions will make a positive and eternal difference in the lives of other young people as they mature. Enjoy. Rick Isaacson”