We all make judgments. It is important to examine why and what you are judging.
Jesus tells us to stop judging other people. And so, we should. We are not to judge people, but we can examine their actions to determine if what they are doing is something we would do, or we should avoid. That type of examination is critical.
All our judgments should be examined before we respond. This type of self-examination should be carried over into how we judge ourselves.
There are people who judge themselves too severely and are overly critical. And there are people who do not judge themselves at all. Where do you fit in?
Let’s examine a few areas of our lives where we are quick to judge. First, family members. When you were a child, and a sibling took your toy you lashed out and struck them. There was no thought or examination.
As you grew older, the lashing out became more sophisticated with yelling and accusation. But now you might get Mom or Dad as an arbitrator. But that did not entail a lot of examination. Remember riding in the car and suddenly Dad says, “Don’t make me come back there!”
Now in adult life. Do you take the time to consider what effect your actions will have on others? Your decisions will impact your wife, children, other family members, or co-workers. Remember, you are being judged as you judge.
To stop judging we really need to focus on the actions and the effects of the actions. Once we do that we can remove the beam from our eye to help our brother.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen