Are You Judging Me?

We form opinions the second we meet someone.  These opinions usually start as superficial observances, but the minute someone new into our life “offends” us, we automatically begin to judge their character.  Why do we do this?  What gain do we as humans get in “evaluating” every person we meet?  Okay, so maybe not everyone you meet, but be honest…have you judge someone (or their actions) in the past 2 days?  If not, then congratulations!  If so, then join me and the other 99% of humanity as we try to work this nasty habit out of our system.

The reason we judge is simple: it helps us feel better about ourselves and current condition.  Yet according to the Bible, we are not to judge someone else until we “take the log out of our own eye” (Luke 6).  What does this mean?  Judge yourself and fix your own problems before “righteously” evaluating other people.  Can you imagine the amount of self-improvement we could muster up if we spent half as much energy judging and addressing our own faults instead of others?

“He with out sin cast the first stone” (Matt. 7:2-5).  Jesus silenced an entire crowd ready to stone a woman with this simple sentence.  Jesus has a way of doing this within the Bible.  Often times He will take an issue or question and turn it right around on to the person(s) asking it.  The crowd was silenced because they were not focused on their own flaws; Jesus showed them the truth, and then they were humbled.  Friends, He did this for a reason: to send the message that we are to be focused on self-improvement before external judgment.  In short, we need to turn our eye inward.  Leave the judging up to God.

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3 Responses

  1. I’ve found, too, that as soon as I start to judge somone, I put them into categories (age, race, gender, etc.). That’s just stupid on my part. I doubt Jesus ever did that…he always tried to see people for who they really were.

  2. Good call on this! The example of Jesus silencing the crowd ready to stone the woman is a great one! I am sure that I would have been in the crowd that was ready to throw stones. I imagine most of everyone would have been as well!

    My opinion would be (I stole this from somewhere but can’t recall where right now) that everyone has prejudices. But that is not the critical part. The critical part is acting upon those prejudices.

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