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by Lynn Anderson
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that Gods judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape Gods judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that Gods kindness leads you toward repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of Gods wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. (Romans 2:1-6)
It is true that people are usually the quickest to judge others over the things they themselves are likely to do? I knew a man who was continually condemning President Clinton over his infidelity and indiscretions, yet it later came out that he had several affairs and ended up leaving his wife and children for another woman.
There is a saying that I like: Our suspicions of others are aroused by the knowledge of ourselves. So as I inspect myself, over what types of things do I tend to judge others, and what is it that is in me that causes me to do this? I guess there are two things that I judge people most about. First, I judge people if I perceive them to be too religiously zealous and not tolerant enough of others who arent at their spiritual level. I am also judgmental towards those who ignore their families in the name of wealth, achievement, power, or even God.
Father, give me a vision for loving these people. Give me a heart that reaches out to them and meets them where they are. Make me your representative to them. Help me to put aside my arrogance and approach them with your love and to see them with your eyes. Forgive me for pursuing my own glory. I want only yours.
Author: Lynn Anderson
Publication Date: January 2, 2002
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