Judgement is something done so easily, even subconsciously. The majority of us have been in the situation of walking through the halls at school, and seeing someone wearing something you don’t like or listening to music you find annoying. So, you laugh, roll your eyes, and make fun of them or judge them. But how is that glorifying God? Obviously it isn’t.

In 1 Peter 4:5-6, the bible says, “but they give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For, this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead. That though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does”. Also, in Romans 14:13, it says, “therefore let us not pass judgement on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother”. As Christians, who live by the gospel and give praise to the Lord, we live not to condemn or to judge but instead we now live to love others as God first loved us. We don’t know what is going on in the hearts and lives of others. So be careful not to judge based on what you cannot see.

This does not mean we never speak up when we see someone living in sin. Instead, Jesus gives us a caution of how to speak truth in love to someone in Matthew 7:3-5, “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? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye”. We are called to check our own hearts first and then that will allow us the compassion and care to speak truth in love to those who are like us-people in need of His grace. We don’t disregard sin, but we also don’t act self-righteous or superior to those we see living in sin. The way we speak truth to people says a lot about what God has done in our own hearts.

It is not our place to judge the hearts of others here on earth. God is the One who ultimately judges the hearts of mankind. We are called to glorify God in all that we do and by living that way we hold out to those trapped in sin a better way to live (for the glory of God).

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