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Leave The Judging To The Judge (2)

If you’re the one doing the judging, remember this timeless principle: what goes around comes around. Jesus said, ‘Do not judge… 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) It’s called the law of reciprocity. It guarantees you will get back what you give. It’s not a threat; it’s an immutable law, just like gravity.

You say, ‘I’m honest; I just tell it like it is. Besides, that person’s sin needs to be exposed!’ It’s not about your honesty or their sin, it’s about God’s Word that forbids judging with hypocrisy or condemnation. You may be right and they may be wrong, but judging in a condemning, hypocritical way puts you in violation of Scripture. Plus it sets you up to be judged.

Question: what if the other person has already repented, confessed their sin, and received God’s forgiveness? Think about it: the worst kind of judging is condemning sins God has already forgiven and forgotten (see Isaiah 43:25). When we judge hypocritically, we’re looking in the wrong direction. We’re avoiding what we don’t want to see—our own shortcomings. Jesus said, ‘Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?’ (Matthew 7:3 NIV) Whatever their ‘speck’ is, it’s God’s business—not yours. Your ‘plank’ is your business!

Jesus also said, ‘They are blessed who show mercy to others, for God will show mercy to them.’ (Matthew 5:7 NCV) Instead of condemning others, start investing in your own ‘mercy account’. You’ll need it soon enough.

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Leave The Judging To The Judge (1)

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Stop ‘Awfulising’!

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Try Bird Watching!

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Doling Out God’s Grace (1)

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Be Slow To Anger

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The Transforming Power Of Gratitude (2)

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What To Expect On Life’s Journey (5)

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