Dear Lord, today you led me to study the idea and act of judgment.
Child, there is a final judgment. Until then, you have no right to judge people. It is my job to judge. “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
Lord, sometimes I pattern-match and end up judging because I am looking at the superficial appearance of a thing and not knowing all the context and inner detail. A lot of people tend to do this, but it does not make it right. We should: “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly”. John 7:24
Child, while understandable, it does not make it right. That is correct. You are not able to judge correctly, so therefore, don’t judge at all. And don’t use the “I am not judging; I am just discerning” to mask the fact that you are really standing in judgment of someone. That is another common sin of those who follow me.
WE HAVE NO EXCUSE
“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. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?”. Romans 2:1-3
Lord, please help me not to judge anyone and leave that job to you. It is not my business. Thank you for making that clear. “You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat… Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister”. Romans 14:10, 13
Dear child, know that you are under grace. I do not condemn you for sinning if you repent and turn away from your sins. Remember: “Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?”. James 4:11-12
WE ARE FREE FROM JUDGMENT
Lord Jesus Christ, you alone are able to judge. These verses from your Word clearly demonstrate the importance of refraining from being judgmental and highlight the inherent dangers and hypocrisies of judging others. Thank you for this teaching, Master. It is actually a freedom we have been given by you to be judgment-free.
Child, I love you and want you to be free from the burden to judge. I have taken the role. You are free to simply love each other with my perfect, nonjudgmental love. Apply this same principle to yourself. Don’t judge yourself, either. Freely love yourself as I love you.
Yes, Lord. Thank you for this freedom we have in Christ to be free from judging ourselves and others. Amen.
Your aspiring servant,
August 31, 2023
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