So many times we as people want to look at others and are quick to judge. We judge people by their actions, by their looks, by their attitude and by their works. We place condemnation upon others through outlets such as rude gossip, facebook, telephone chats and even a walk through the grocery store. What causes us to judge or gives us the right to judge others? People feel they have a right to share their opinion about any given circumstances because they are entitled to freedom of speech and want others to get on their band wagon to justify their actions which in turn results into a deadly cycle of nastiness. People love to get into other people’s business and make it their own when in fact they have really no say so but choose to enter the arena to condemn. The condemning root comes from fear, pride, jealousy, and the never so ending “I am right your wrong” judgemental attitude and sorry to say using Scripture (out of context) or their religion to sometimes back their proof. All people make mistakes and say things maybe they shouldn’t have but we are forgiven and people change. Our past doesn’t determine our future hopefully because as Christians we are on a continual path of growth as we change to be more like Christ. So the next time you may be quick to judge someone by their actions or their words, let the words, “Here Comes The Judge” ring in your ears and know you are setting up yourself to also be judged by your own actions.
Romans 2;1 New International Version (©1984)
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary says: The peace of a man’s own mind, and the calm of his neighbourhood, are worth more than victory: 1 Corinthians 6:1-8 Christians should not contend with one another, for they are brethren. This, if duly attended to, would prevent many law-suits, and end many quarrels and disputes. In matters of great damage to ourselves or families, we may use lawful means to right ourselves, but Christians should be of a forgiving temper. Refer the matters in dispute, rather than go to law about them. They are trifles, and may easily be settled, if you first conquer your own spirits. Bear and forbear, and the men of least skill among you may end your quarrels.
GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995) 2: 6You received Christ Jesus the Lord, so continue to live as Christ’s people. 7Sink your roots in him and build on him. Be strengthened by the faith that you were taught, and overflow with thanksgiving. 13You were once dead because of your failures and your corrupt nature. But God made you alive with Christ when he forgave all our failures. 14He did this by erasing the charges that were brought against us by the written laws God had established. He took the charges away by nailing them to the cross. 15He stripped the rulers and authorities [of their power] and made a public spectacle of them as he celebrated his victory in Christ. 16Therefore, let no one judge you….