I’m Probably Judging You
This week during one of our family devotions, we got to talk about judging. The oft misquoted and misused Luke 6:37 came up (“”Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven”).
This direct quote from Jesus gets usually two terrible rewrites: that we shouldn’t judge so we won’t be judged, and that we should only judge actions the way we want to be judged so be careful with it.
I love the quote from Stephen M.R. Covey (which I’m sure many of you have heard) that says “We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behaviour.” It’s almost a perfect summation of the opposite of this scripture. We run around looking at those around us waiting for them to transgress or wrong us. As soon as they do, we assume the worst of intentions, instead of giving them the benefit of the doubt, and knowing that honestly, unless it directly effects us, it’s really not our business to figure out their intention anyway. So where does that leave us? What options then does the scripture give?
Well, if it’s an actual sin or we feel it may be, we talk it out with our brother or sister. There are actual directions laid out in Matthew 18:15-17 by Jesus Himself. Anything else, we need to really examine the importance of the matter at hand. If it’s not important to address personally, it’s not important.
This week I urge you to examine where there may be even secret or private judgments in your mind. Are you wasting your energy guessing and attributing to others’ intentions?