“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.” Matthew 7:1-2 NIV
I just skimmed, instead of diving into Mathew 7, because I already know I shouldn’t judge. But wait…what good is reading the Word if you don’t constantly apply it to your life? Pastor Shannon spoke on that yesterday and it’s true! So, I just read verses one and two several times and I see some things in my heart. I am struggling to let go of a past hurt. Until now I didn’t realize I was holding onto it! Why am I doing this? Am I holding on in judgement of them, to declare someone did wrong? What would an objective reporter say? Bear with my imagination…
If there was a reporter in my heart, they would report something like this…” We have a quick-developing situation here that needs monitoring. It appears Tina is leaning toward pronouncing judgement on others who hurt her. Will she follow through with her heart’s desire to punish them by holding on to the wrongdoing or will she turn it over to God, trusting Him to make it right? Let’s have a word from her sponsor, Jesus…”
I do not mean to make light of our decisions, but I do want to highlight the fact that I/we act the way we do because I/we want to please ourselves or please God. It really is that simple. Forgetting social media and following other humans, we follow someone supernatural, either the enemy or or the Savior. I personally want to right my own wrongs when I get hurt, but that would require me judging someone to be guilty first, as a reason for holding a grudge. So where do I go from here?
I will start forgiving and stop judging. I am no judge because I am not perfect. Only a perfect God can judge. Because I want to please the judge, I will do this. So…this is a most personal post but I hope you can relate to the struggle. Often, well-read verses are skimmed over, because we think we have learned the lesson already… but they are Jesus’ words! They are meant to constantly keep us humble and transparent as we are still in training until we meet Him in the sky:)
With love from the Father to you and absolutely no judgement,