Judge Like This And Be Judged Like This

Reading Matthew 7 recently, I couldn’t get past verses 1-5. I spent some time reflecting on these strong words from Jesus about our attitudes toward others. When we judge someone and condemn them because they don’t do things like we think they should or they fail to meet the self-made standards we’ve set up – we start playing God.   Whether we verbalize it or not, this means we perceive ourselves as superior to them, their character, heart and motives.  

This can apply to people (or a group of people) in general, or it can be directed toward someone who offends us. When someone offends us and we refuse to grant them mercy, or love them enough to follow Jesus admonition in Matthew 18:15, we commit our own offense. When we refuse to ask for an explanation or try to get all the facts (Prov. 18:17), and show a lack of genuine love by refusing to give the other person(s) a chance to ask forgiveness (if they did something wrong), we demonstrate pride by assuming we are completely right in our thoughts, actions and motives.   In other words, we wrongly (and sinfully) suggest we have knowledge of and fully understand all the facts, circumstances including the full back-story, and the motives of the person(s) we judge. The essence of sin is refusing to love like Jesus does, and judging others like this smacks of a lack of genuine love.

It’s humbling and embarrassing to admit, but the reason these words impacted me the way they did as I read & reflected upon them is because I’ve been guilty of this hypocritical behavior and violating these words of Jesus. I’ve also known the hurt of being on the receiving end of such judgments.

Maybe these things apply to you too. What’s the wise thing to do? Do your best to make things right in relationships by asking for forgiveness when you’ve had a judgmental attitude or wronged someone, and offer forgiveness when you’ve been judged or wronged regardless of the response of others involved.

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ANXIOUS – Peace of Mind Verse 26

During our series ANXIOUS, I’ll include a passage in this blog every day or so that’s helped me during a time of Anxiety or when I’m troubled. Worship/Praise music/songs help me along with reflecting upon and praying through the truth of a passage of Scripture.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 NET Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all.

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ANXIOUS – Peace of Mind Verse 25

During our series ANXIOUS, I’ll include a passage in this blog every day or so that’s helped me during a time of Anxiety or when I’m troubled. Worship/Praise music/songs help me along with reflecting upon and praying through the truth of a passage of Scripture.

Psalm 23 NLT The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.  He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.  He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.  Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.  You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.  You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.  Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.

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ANXIOUS – Peace of Mind Verse 24

During our series ANXIOUS, I’ll include a passage in this blog every day or so that’s helped me during a time of Anxiety or when I’m troubled. Worship/Praise music/songs help me along with reflecting upon and praying through the truth of a passage of Scripture.

John 14:27 NLT “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

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ANXIOUS – Peace of Mind Verse 23

During our series ANXIOUS, I’ll include a passage in this blog every day or so that’s helped me during a time of Anxiety or when I’m troubled. Worship/Praise music/songs help me along with reflecting upon and praying through the truth of a passage of Scripture.

Hebrews 13:5-6 NET Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you.”  So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid. What can people do to me?”

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ANXIOUS – Peace of Mind Verse 22

During our series ANXIOUS, I’ll include a passage in this blog every day or so that’s helped me during a time of Anxiety or when I’m troubled. Worship/Praise music/songs help me along with reflecting upon and praying through the truth of a passage of Scripture.

Joshua 1:9 NET I repeat, be strong and brave! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic, for I, the Lord your God, am with you in all you do.”

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ANXIOUS – Peace of Mind Verse 21

During our series ANXIOUS, I’ll include a passage in this blog every day or so that’s helped me during a time of Anxiety or when I’m troubled. Worship/Praise music/songs help me along with reflecting upon and praying through the truth of a passage of Scripture.

John 14:1 NLT “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.”

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ANXIOUS – Peace of Mind Verse 20

During our series ANXIOUS, I’ll include a passage in this blog every day or so that’s helped me during a time of Anxiety or when I’m troubled. Worship/Praise music/songs help me along with reflecting upon and praying through the truth of a passage of Scripture.

Proverbs 3:5-8 NET  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.  Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.  Do not be wise in your own estimation; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. This will bring healing to your body, and refreshment to your inner self.

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ANXIOUS – Peace of Mind Verse 19

During our series ANXIOUS, I’ll include a passage in this blog every day or so that’s helped me during a time of Anxiety or when I’m troubled. Worship/Praise music/songs help me along with reflecting upon and praying through the truth of a passage of Scripture.

Psalm 56:3 NET When I am afraid, I trust in you.

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ANXIOUS – Peace of Mind Verse 18

During our series ANXIOUS, I’ll include a passage in this blog every day or so that’s helped me during a time of Anxiety or when I’m troubled. Worship/Praise music/songs help me along with reflecting upon and praying through the truth of a passage of Scripture.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NET But he said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, with insults, with troubles, with persecutions and difficulties for the sake of Christ, for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.

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