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Whose work are you doing?

Luke 6: 37

Judge not, and you shall not be judged.

One of the most destructive behaviors that we can engage in is to judge another person for their actions. You can never reach a person you have judged and your relationship will be forever broken until you withdraw that judgment. If you hold a judgment over somebody, they have to protect and defend themselves. You will get a distorted impression of that person from that point on.

You may find yourself at the mercy of people’s fierce judgment for an issue that they have already had to face in their own family. The very people who you think would be understanding and gracious are completely the opposite. This is because their unbroken judgment of their family issue is now spilling over into every other similar situation.

People often feel that they are doing God’s work when they pronounce a righteous judgment on another human being, but in fact you are doing the devil’s work of condemning and accusing others.

It is easy when you see something wrong in another’s life, to point it out and expose it. But you are never more like God when you cover the wrongdoer and do all you can to be part of the healing.

The scripture tells us that we can tell if you are a spiritual person by your determination to restore a broken person in full humility;  not by how loudly you can denounce a wrong. (Galatians 6:1)

The problem is that even if your judgment is accurate, God will not back you because you are assuming a responsibility that belongs to Him alone. He will never let you sit in His chair.

Not only that but the same thing you have judged is now heading towards your life. Don’t judge because you are sowing a dangerous seed, the harvest for which you certainly won’t want.

We cannot afford to play God in one another’s lives; we are not qualified to judge since we cannot make a sacrifice to get rid of the wrong. Spiritual transactions are expensive.  Give others space for God to work.

Can someone entrust to you the secret wrongs that weigh down their hearts without fear of judgment and condemnation?

Become a place of peace for the broken, just as Jesus was and is.

Praying for you today that you will find restoration in every broken relationship and peace in every place of pain.

3 Comments on Whose work are you doing?

  1. Brandy Olivis // February 17, 2013 at 11:45 pm // Reply

    Amen!

  2. Olivia Griffin // February 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm // Reply

    I really needed to hear this. I have always known about this scripture and thought that I fully understood it. I found today that I didn’t fully internalize what I was reading. It is extremely dangerous to judge. As Pastor stated, it will surely come back on you if you do.

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