SPEAK STRONG - Stop Judging
Our human hearts are QUICK to JUDGE: we make assumptions and suddenly we’ve thought up an entire narrative about someone else’s life without actually knowning anything for certain. Could you imagine if you heard someone else’s narrative about your life? We know we shouldn’t judge, but it’s tempting to stay at a distance instead of hearing someone’s story.
Jesus knew we would STRUGGLE with judgement, so He told a parable about a plank in an eye (ouch!) to help us out. In Luke 6, He asks, “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?” Another translation puts it this way; “Why do you FOCUS on the FLAW in someone else’s life and FAIL to NOTICE the glaring flaws in your own life?”
Here’s the TRUTH: unless we are without a single flaw or failure, we are not in the position to judge others. It’s really not our part to play. But, there is someone who is a way more Merciful Judge than we’ll ever be. His name is Jesus and He died on a cross for the worst of our sins, no questions asked. His MERCY triumphs over judgement (James 2:13) and right now, He is showing you more mercy than you’ll ever understand. So, friend, instead of judgement, try mercy today.