How many of us are guilty of judging someone without knowing all the facts or 'their story'? I know I have been. We assume things. We may look at a person with body piercings all over and think the worst. We do not know their heart. There is no way we can have a clue what people have gone through or are experiencing right now. Do not be so quick to form an opinion. What if others were observing you and forming anop inion without knowing you. It is not really fair is it?
I am sure glad God does not do that to us. We do many things to break His heart and perhaps startle Him, but He loves us never the less. Aren't we supposed to be like Him? Being a Christian is not just about Sunday for two hours. It should be your lifestyle. We are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind and strength it says in Deuteronomy 6:5. Do things you do make God sad? Are you living a life to please Him?
1 Peter 14:16 says "As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” Many who are living a sinful life may claim to be believers and indeed they are but may be turning away and sinning and ignoring what scripture says in order to lead the life they want. Psalm 19:13 says "Keep your servant also from willful sins, may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless innocent of great transgression." There are Christians caught up in homosexual lifestyle, which is not God's purpose for them for any of his creation. Satan, the great deceiver, has blinded them and made them justify their desires. People can innocently drink alcohol, which is not a sin in itself, but if they drink to the point of alcohol dependency or not being able to life life without it, it can then be harmful causing family problems,sickness, disease or even death. There are those who may be sharing a prayer need that ends up in gossip instead. We are to take care of God's temple, our bodies, yet many may overeat experiencing health problems as a result.
Now back to the judging. All the things above I mentioned are not listed as the worse things therefore you are not to judge and condemn or poke fun at people suffering from these or other problems. We all have our 'issues'. Instead we are to pray. Prayer is always much better than opening our mouth with an ungodly opinion.
So today wherever you are, stop and when tempted to judge a stranger, friend, or family member, remember all of us have sinned and fallen short of his glory according to Romans 3:23.
Matthew 7:1 says "Judge not or you too will be judged."
PRAYER: Lord I thank you for your creation. I thank you for my family and friends. I thank you for all the people you place in my path each day. Help me Lord to not be quick to judge others as I do not know what they are going through. Help me lord instead to pray. In Jesus name. Amen.
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