Is It Wise To Judge Others?
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”James 1:5 ESV
Have you ever made a silent judgement about someone that resulted in you treating that person differently?
It’s not an easy thing to admit. I’ve done it. Almost every time I can recall making a judgement about someone or a situation they were in, I was wrong. I was wrong because I didn’t have all the facts, nor did I take the time to understand their journey.
What’s worse, is that I’d even talk about them behind their back, without even taking the time to pray. Does that make me a hypocrite?
Is suppose it does.
Many of us spend more time polishing our halos than we do on our knees in prayer. Maybe I am generalizing, but I don’t think that I am to far from the truth.
None of this is about making accusations, it’s about being honest. I am glad that James 1:5 talks about asking God for wisdom. I need the wisdom of God to influence me to pray more intelligently for others without the judgement attached to it.
I seldom understand what’s going on in someone’s life until I take the time to come alongside of them in a supportive manner. If someone lets you into their life, treat it as a sacred privilege, not an opportunity to get the goods so you can gossip (i.e. start a prayer chain).
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye?” Matthew 7:1-4 ESV
Be blessed my beloved friends.
Pastor Jeremy E.