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Judge Not! What Goes Around Comes Around
This hub is not going to discuss about the kind of judgments that are done in courtrooms but it is going to discuss about the human weakness of judging others by criticizing the things they have done in a way that is wrong. Have you ever judged someone only to find yourself doing the same thing you are judging him of? At times, it happens.
How many times have you been judged wrongly by people? How did you feel when you were criticized for the wrong things you did? Is it wrong to judge others? The Bible clearly states that we are not supposed to judge any person. Luke 6:37 "Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven."
The habit of criticizing others in a wrong way for the things they have done is dangerous. This is because it does not only hurt the feelings of those criticized but it makes them demoralized since they feel not worthy. They feel unimportant and their self-confidence diminishes. We have a weakness of forgetting that we are also capable of doing the same things we judge others of especially if we find ourselves in similar circumstances that made them do such things.
We are not perfect and as such we make wrong decisions. Positive criticism that is meant to correct a person is important but the negative criticism does not help a person in any way. We are not so righteous to criticize others for the sins they have committed. As an example, refer that incidence in the Bible of a woman who had committed adultery and the scribes and the Pharisees brought her to Jesus (read John 8:3-11).
The scribes and the Pharisees were judging her of having committed adultery but their judgment was wrong. They did not take into account that they are not in any way righteous than her. If they could have stoned her, they could have sinned also. That is how wrong we become when we judge others also.
Whoever will judge another person he will also be judged but whoever does not judge others will also not be judged. Whoever condemns another person then the same fate of condemnation shall befall him.
Luke 6:38 "give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back."
This verse is often misunderstood by people. There are people who misinterpret it thus misleading others. The real meaning is that if we give to God wholeheartedly in a way that is sincere, then we shall be blessed. It does not mean that when you give a lot is when you will be blessed a lot or when you give less you will not be blessed a lot. After all you can give a lot to God but in an insincere way and this is not what God wants us to do.
The Way We Treat Others
The way we treat others, we shall too be treated the same way. Luke 6:31 "Do to others as you would have them do to you."
Never treat others in a manner that is unfair and then want to be treated fairly. It will never happen my dear reader! If you want people to treat you with respect, then you must first respect them.
If we forgive those who wrong us, then we too shall be forgiven. Those who share with others, they shall be given also in plenty but whoever does not want to share with others, nothing shall be added to him too.
Most people who refer themselves as true Christians often misunderstand this verse. Some Christians treat others wrongly even in the places of worship by thinking that they are more holy than them. You're not more holy than your colleagues, friends or family members.
Some people feel that what they are doing is right before the eyes of the living God than others. They forget that the Holy Bible does not promote the aspect of being a judge of another person no matter what the person may have done.
The Bible clearly states that God is the lawgiver and the only judge. James 4:12 "There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. So who, then, are you to judge your neighbor?"
The Book of Romans chapter 15 informs us on the importance of living together with our brothers and sisters (neighbors). We should love them, have good intentions towards them and live in harmony with them. By condemning a person, it doesn't imply that we are better than him. There is no single person who can claim to be perfect. We make mistakes and we have got our own weakness.
Do not criticize your neighbor because what you're criticizing him of is the same thing that you are also doing or will befall you. Luke 6:42 "Or how can you say to your neighbor, “Friend, let me take out the speck in your eye”, when you yourself do not see the log in your own eye?" According to God, a sin remains to be a sin no matter how big or small it is.
When someone does something that is not right, do not condemn him. You should instead pray for that person and show him how things are done in the right way without offering judgment upon him. Pray that God helps wrong doers to realize their mistakes and pray that the Holy Spirit manifests upon them so that they too can realize that they are sinning.
To conclude, we should judge not our neighbor. God is the only judge and our part is to help those who are going astray find the right path to follow. Remember that if we do not want to be judged during judgment day, then we should not judge our neighbors. We should never criticize and we should always forgive those who wrong us in order to forgiven also.
I will be glad to hear from you regarding judging others.