Judging others

Matthew 7:1-2, “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.”

God works in equality. He works through all, works in all, died for all and earned grace for all. He sends rain and shine to all and never holds back his love from anyone, irrespective of whether we acknowledge him as father or not. He is ready to reveal himself to whoever comes to him in faith. He longs to have the fellowship of his children. He chooses people from different nations to work for his kingdom. He desires that all shall know about him as their loving father and call to him in their times of need.

God loves equality. He demonstrated the fullness of his love by bringing himself  down to live among us so that by faith in him we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God (Eph. 3:19). He wants to see his children walking in love with each other as Jesus loved the world and commanded his disciples in John 13:34“Love one another.”

This is just a short glimpse of how much God loves his children whom he has created in his own image. No one is greater or smaller but we all have been equally created to glorify him by using different gifts and talents he has apportioned us according to our capabilities.

Since we all are the same, none of us is in a position to pass judgement on other.

When we judge others, don’t we try to exalt ourselves from the position God has granted us and dishonour him? When we judge others by our own standards, don’t we try to prove that we have special authority and privileges that others are devoid of? Why are we eager to judge others when even the Son of God said in John 8: 15, “I pass judgement on no one.”

Judging others is a manifestation of the hidden rebellious nature that is found in all of us. By judging others, we try to create a position and status for ourselves that was never meant by God for his children to possess. By judging others we distort the image we have been carved in. By judging others we prepare a ground for judgement to pass by us. “In the same way you judge others, you will be judges, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Next time, you are tempted to open your mouth to judge someone, just turn your thoughts to that person and say a prayer for him/her. Let whatever you speak about the person be spoken in the presence of the Lord who is the judge of all. You may call him Lord of your life; let him be the Lord of the moment when you feel tempted to break the law and judge others.

Let the Lord open our eyes and fill us with a desire to see his image in others the way he longs to see in us. May he grant us his grace so that we may be able to take out the rebellious nature that tries to exalt itself in us.  May the word prevail in our lives that is said in Mathew 7:3-5, 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.

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