When it comes to judging we are all guilty of it. Sometimes we are good at pointing a finger at somebody else and forget the one that is pointing back at us. As you know, it happens in religions, relationships, etc. Sometimes it is so easy to play the game because we want to protect ourselves, or our beliefs.
However, it is good to judge the wrong action and convict the wrong doer. That’s why we have the laws and courts. But Jesus said, don’t judge, you too will be judged. Mathew 7:1-6. He wants us to understand that before you judge somebody else examine yourself first, or before you correct somebody else correct yourself first.
We are living in times whereby the message of Jesus has been diluted, and some churches are judging , ‘we are the only one and everybody else is wrong’. But, Jesus’ message is simple and clear. Don’t judge on the outside appearance, God is the ultimate Judge. Therefore, Jesus wants us to focus on our own righteousness which is based on the Bible. As mentioned before, for when God points a finger, it is directed at you as an individual. You do the right thing!
As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog, is to tell it as it is. God says, I (Yahweh) your God, search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a person according to their conduct and according to what their deeds deserve. Jeremiah 17:10
God the Father and his Son, exercise absolute judgement, justice and perfection. We on the other hand, because of our imperfections, don’t know everything, and only see a little bit of a person, so we are limited in our judgement.
However, when it comes to who is a genuine Christian, Jesus gave us tips, and he said, by their fruit (righteous deeds) you’ll recognise them. Mathew 7:16.
We also learn from him, that it is okay to see somebody’s sin and tell them to change. Judicial and Police institutions do the best they can sometimes, but not without mistakes due to human imperfections.
We are all in the same boat called the world. So what Jesus would say, especially to those of us who claim to follow him, ‘don’t put yourself in the Judgement seat of God. Just focus and work on your own righteousness’. But it doesn’t mean we cannot correct each other. As he says, in Luke 17:3, watch yourselves. If one of you sins, rebuke them.
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