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On Judging Others
On Judging Others
“ If anyone of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her. “
A woman was caught in an adultery by the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees. They made her stand before the group and told Jesus that she was supposed to be stoned to death.
Sometimes, we are quick to judge people when we saw some failures or weaknesses in their lives. Some people are harsh against other people’s failures. The truth no one among us has the right to judge because we are not perfect.
Judging is an evident act of people who think highly of themselves morally in other words it is a sign of self-righteousness. Religious people as the Pharisees are self-righteous people. That’s why they were quick to judge.
But Jesus says, “ I desire mercy, than sacrifice.” Pharisees are very religious people who offer sacrifices to God faithfully but they lack kindness. They were not merciful. They were harsh, they were quick to judge other people’s failures.
As Christians pursuing christlikeness, we are to be merciful as Christ is, who treated the adulterous woman with great consideration. According to the immortal classic, “The Immitation of Christ,” by Thomas Kempis, when judging others our efforts are totally in vain. Because we are not as all knowing as God is, so we cannot really know the heart of another nor do we know God’s plans to work in that person’s life, possibly even using their weakness or sin to break them and turn them to himself. We judge foolishly bacause we do not see the end of God’s dealings yet. God is not yet finished with that person we are judging. In our limited judgement, we write off someone as “useless”, “lazy”, “stubborn”,”evil” “beyond hope.” And so we close ourselves from being vessels of God’s grace. and mercy to that certain person.
We are to be vessels of God’s grace to weak people rather than rod of judgement. We conquer evil with goodness not evil with evil. We have to consider always that God has been longsuffering in dealing with our weaknesses. In the absence of God’s merciful dealing with us, we would never have become a better person today.