“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:37-38
This is one command I frequently fail to keep. It is just so easy to judge the actions of others. The two things I feel Christians do the worst job of is showing the love of Christ and being judgmental. We often say hate the sin but love the sinner but when we do this aren’t we judging? Too often we let our judgment of the seriousness of the sin, isn’t their sin always more serious than ours, get in the way of showing Jesus’ love. Too often we want them to clean up their act before we welcome them into our church.
Fortunately for us Jesus does not work that way. He accepted us before we cleaned up out act. Good thing too. The churches would be pretty empty if we had to get our lives in order before Jesus saved us. Jesus did not ask us to become perfect before He accepted us, no He accepted us and then began the process of making us perfect. For me that is a long drawn out process that will not stop until I reach heaven.
Christianity is not some club where you have to be acceptable to join. Christianity is a personal relationship between one person and God. And if God has accepted that person then who are we to cast stones at them? Sometimes it seems that we mouth the words that we are still sinners but in our minds we have convinced ourselves that we have already stopped sinning or at the very least that our sins are trivial. What we forget is that to God there are no trivial sins. All sins are acts against God and every one of them deserved death.
Yet we let a scornful look or a turn of the head because we just do not want to associate with those people turn some seeker away from God and toward hell. That is on us. We need to make sure that everyone has a chance to hear the Good News. We need to make sure everyone has a chance to accept Jesus. We are not the Judge, thank God. Judgment is God’s purview. I for one am thankful for that.
Have a blessed day,