05 Oct Heart to Heart with God: Day 124_Not Judging Others
by Michael Bluemling Jr.
365 Days of Reflection Towards God’s Love and Acceptance
~June 4, 2014-June 3, 2015
Day 124- Richmond, Virginia: Not Judging Others
How easy is it to look into the eyes of a friend, family member, or even a complete stranger and act like we know them or what they are going through. How easy is it to judge another human being and cast them to the wolves, so to speak, because they are not worthy according to us? Is this not a sin? Who are we to judge another man or woman that God has created equal to us all. We error at many moments throughout our lives and that is ok through reconciliation through Jesus, but this behavior simply cannot be deemed acceptable in the eyes of God. Again, who are we to judge those who we should forgive rather than condemn?
From James we are taught a valuable lesson about how favoritism is forbidden: “My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?
If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment”.
How often do you see this occur? We walk around oblivious, at moments, to the true purpose of our lives. Is not our entire purpose on Earth to love one another as God has loved us? We have so much to be grateful for and as we begin to realize the importance of equality we are freed from sin. We must have mercy and love as the cornerstone of what we stand for as a Christian and with Jesus in our lives we will not have contempt towards others.
Reflection Day #124
Three takeaways towards your journey with God: