Judging to find fault or Judging from a pure motive?
Micah 6:8 ESV He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Have you ever thought about what God’s deeper desire is for us about judging others? We are familiar with bible verses that teach us to not judge others or we will be judged, to take the plank out of your eye so you can see the speck in your brother’s eye. And then the story with the woman caught in adultery and Jesus tells the Pharisees, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her and when they heard this they began to go away one at a time…” Judging is something that we all do every day. We don’t need to be taught or educated on how to judge, it comes naturally to us. Anyone can pass judgement and be critical about all kinds of people and situations, but let’s learn from Jesus on how He judged.
John 3:17 ESV “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” Jesus laid down His life for those we judge and criticize. Jesus could target the area of need in others. He did not criticize, rather He would pray and fast asking God to supply what was wrong or lacking. We tend to see things at face value or think that people will never change, but is that Christ like? Jesus paid a high price for people to be redeemed. Recently I read this statement, “One act of Christ’s love revealed through us will do more to warm cold hearts than the sum of all our pompous criticisms.” One act of showing the Love of Christ to someone else will do so much more than criticizing or judging them. Micah 6:8 has great instructions for us: Do Justice – act in a just, fair way towards others, treat them the way you want to be treated. Love Kindness (Mercy) – give to others the same measure of mercy you want to receive mercy & Walk Humbly before your God- admit that you may not be as Christ like as you appear- remember God’s Word also tells us that He resist the proud. Judging is easy to do but let’s ask the Lord to help us judge with pure motives.
Let’s Pray: Heavenly Father, I pray that you would help us to see others the way you see them. When we start to judge what is wrong or lacking in people or different situations, I pray that we would do so with pure motives. Show us how to pray for others and their situations to be redeemed. We desire the heart of Jesus to see all people saved and set free. Help us to do justice, Love mercy and walk humbly before our God. Thank you Jesus for setting the pattern before us. Amen