The Judgmental Christian
Daily Bible Reading – Job 34; 1 Corinthians 4-6
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 4
How many times have you heard Christians described as judgmental? How many times have you felt judged by other believers? How many times have you judged another? Being judgmental is really easy to do. It is easy to look at others situations and start to judge them, even if that is not necessarily our intention. It is also easy to judge ourselves. Being judgmental, however, is not our job. Our role as followers of Christ is to lift others up, not drag them down by judging them. People tend to look down at others who have less wealth, less education, or less talent. In addition, people tend to look down on others who do not do as much to serve the church, who do not give as much to the church, or who do not help the needy. While all of this may be easy to do, it is also all sin. Looking down on others for any reason is sin in God’s eyes. He is the only just and right judge. He is the only one who is perfect enough to judge other people. Do not get me wrong, as followers of Christ it is our duty to confront another Christian if they are committing sin and refuse to repent, but even in those situations, we are to confront them with love and condemn their actions instead of their person. When we start to condemn them as people, we cross over from being a helpful brother or sister in Christ to being judgmental and to sinning ourselves.
Paul says it best when he says, “Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other. For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” (4:7) The next time the urge comes to judge another person, just remember that everything you have – all of your wealth, power, education, talents, treasures, qualities, and characteristics – were given to you by God. You did not earn them. God gave them to you by His grace. When we think of things in this way, it becomes much less tempting to judge others.
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