Judgment is a word that often leaves a bad taste in our mouths. We don’t want to be judged, and we are told not to judge others, yet the practice comes so naturally. We are born with the ability to understand right from wrong, so we can spot sin from a mile away — especially if we have hidden God’s Word in our hearts.
But have you ever thought of judgment as an unnecessary wedge between you and the Creator of the world? You see, He judges with righteousness. We are unable to do the same since we have “all fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), so handing out judgments can be a sin!
God desires us to feel conviction over condemnation, and that comes from having a relationship with Him and trusting in His loving and grace-filled ways. We are broken human beings, yet God continues to love us unconditionally. If we have accepted Christ as Lord, then we are saved. Our sin no longer separates us from eternal life, and the same goes for other believers. But what we need to understand is that our sin does separate us from Christ. The longer we continue to be slaves to sin and not work toward redemption, the further away we will be from God.
He isn’t calling us to a life of shame and guilt. God’s grace and love are infinite, but He does call us to live a life that honors Him because He knows what’s best for us!
“I have come that you might have life and have it to the full.” –John 10:10
So, if we accept these beliefs in our personal lives, why is it so easy to cast judgments on others? Do we forget the strong grip that sin has and the difficult process it takes to overcome the darkness? Do we forget that we all are uniquely created and, therefore, all struggle based on personal experiences and how we see the world?
Think about it, when you mess-up, are you more likely to change when someone points out your flaws from a place of judgment or are you likely to change because you are reminded of God’s free gift?
I would assume the latter.
“Shame says that because I am flawed, I am unacceptable. Grace says that though I am flawed, I am cherished.”
That’s the message we should be displaying. We should be calling others out of the darkness and into the light — not by judgment but by living in grace.
As Christians, we are to grow in wisdom and discernment. We are to put aside sinful desires, step out of the darkness and into an abundant life. We must see judgment as an obstacle that keeps us away from God and begin working toward implementing spiritual understanding and discernment into our lives.
Start seeing others as humans in need of grace and replace judgments with sincere prayer.
Spend time seeking personal conviction rather than convicting others.
Live freely in grace so others can see the power of God’s gift of salvation.
Tell us in the comments how you understand judgment and grace!