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Judging is Not Cool - A Bible Study

Updated on October 8, 2012
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God has really been pressing the issue of judgement on my heart lately, so I'm going to explore it. I'm not talking about God's judgement upon us. I'm talking about our judgement upon each other! We really beat each other up spiritually, emotionally, even physically when we get caught up in the judging game. I watch people during and after a round of judging and find that the judge looks like they're carrying quite a heavy burden. I'm not sure that burden is meant for us, and I'm not sure we even have a right to carry it. I really want to wrap my heart and brain around this subject so that I may have some spiritual knowledge to gently share with & help my loved ones when I witness them judging or being judged.


I've found a great starting point. Romans 14:1-4 (NIV) (The Message)

What I read:

Let's not beat up our brothers and sisters with our judgement! It's not a big deal if we don't exactly see eye-to-eye, even on matters of faith. We're all God's children, and we're all at different levels of maturity in our spiritual growth and strength in our faith. We're all learning at a different pace, and in different ways. Those who are confident and strong in faith and spirit are not to look down in judgement on those who are not, just as those who are weak in faith and spirit are not to chastise the confident and strong.


I like the dinner table analogy! Here's what I read:

God has invited all of us to His Son's dinner table. Some of us feel very familiar with our Hosts and we're totally comfortable at that table. When it's time to eat we have the confidence to grab whatever we like and fill our bellies! However, some of us have only recently started "hanging out" with our Hosts. We're happy to be at the table, but we're still a little too shy to really pile up our plates. We'll grab a little of this, and a dab of that, and that's all that we're comfortable with for now. The gobblers shouldn't tease the nibblers, and the nibblers shouldn't scold the gobblers. To put it bluntly, God is the host of this dinner party and he says nibblers & gobblers are both welcome at His table so we have absolutely no right to judge one other! Let go of the burden of being a judge and let God handle it.

God loves & accepts us wherever we are in our walk with Him. Who are we to try to go over His head and judge each other, then! We should love and support each other. Personally, I enjoy and get a lot out of talking with (even having a healthy debate with) others who are at different levels of spirit & faith than I am. With that being said, I'd love to read a healthy discussion about these verses in the comments section below. Do you often find yourself being the judge? Judged? Perhaps you're also a "watcher" like I am and have noticed the way this affects people? Or maybe you read something in these verses that's entirely different than what I read? Let's hear it!

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