JUDGE NOT

It’s funny how we can see another person’s faults greater than our own. Or we somehow forget our past. You know? That time when we were less than perfect.

I’ve seen the person who has committed adultery point their finger at the murderer, a person who lies point their finger at the person who steals, and the person who expresses hate point their finger at the person who does not honor the Sabbath day. And I could go on and on. But then I would also be judging and then my point would be mute.

If you claim you are a Christian, what part of this scripture do you not understand?
“…He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (John 8:7)

What does being a Christian mean to you? Does it mean that Christians are without sin? Does it mean judging other people? Does it mean hating other people or races or religions? If you said yes to any of those, then I do believe that you have been misinformed.

Jesus was sent to teach us many lessons.  But the one message that Jesus taught that is VERY clear to me, over and over and over time and again is DO NOT JUDGE but instead offer love and forgiveness. Even to his last dying breath, he offers love and forgiveness for those who beat him and hung him on the cross. And before that, the bible shares many stories where each time someone judged another person, Jesus provided an unconventional reason to love and forgive them.

Personally, I know that there is one, and ONLY ONE judge and jury, God the omnipotent. God has been doing His job for a very long time and does not need my advice, input or opinion. And even before Jesus came, God had prophets, pharaohs, and peasants come and share His message of love and forgiveness, like Joseph with the coat of many colors, Daniel in the lion’s den, Jonah and the whale and even Esther.  Each one of these great human beings, despite the wrongdoings committed against them, were able to rise above their circumstance.  And God rewarded them greatly.

My own father went to prison for murder and yet I still loved him. Yes, I know what he did was wrong and he was sentenced and imprisoned and served his consequence. Beyond that, it is not my job to judge him. My Father in heaven will decide if my father on earth needs any additional punishment.

What’s amazing to me is that God can even forgive someone for murder. In the story of Cain and Abel, God delivered His punishment to Cain. After Cain complains to God that his punishment is too great to bear, and that he will have a bounty on his head, God offers this to Cain.

And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. (Genesis 4:15)

Now we all have our moments of weakness; a temporary setback, myself included. We have moments of pain, moments of sadness, and moments of rage. But by the grace of God, we can move forward and leave these negative emotions and the hatred behind us and move on to greater self-awareness and onto a higher level of consciousness in which spiritual enlightenment came be found.

If you are judging or hating someone, how can you have room in your heart for love? For God is truth and love. How can God reside in a heart filled with hate?

A heart filled with God is a heart filled with L-O-V-E.

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.  – 1 John 4:16

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