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DON’T BE SO QUICK TO JUDGE

Today’s devotion provides us instructions for godly living.  That is to say, as believers, we have to be careful how we judge people.  In far too many cases, countless people are so quick to judge others.  They judge them by their color, by their dress, even times by their conversation.  We are quick to point fingers as a way of condemning others.  This attitude of judging sometimes comes from a self-righteous attitude.  That is to say, we think we are better than others are.  Thanks be unto God that God is gracious and kind and does not deal with us harshly.  Luke 6:37 is our scripture reference today and reads in this manner:

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others or it will come back against you.  Forgive others and you will be forgiven.”

These are some powerful words.  Here we see the danger in judgment.  Luke the gospel writer records the words of the Master throughout this chapter.  He speaks about love, “Love your enemies, do good to them and your reward will be great”.  He warns about the danger of judging, for that same judgment will come back to us.  Jesus taught so much about love, about caring for others and about forgiving others.  He says forgive and you will be forgiven.  We all need God’s forgiveness.  So again, the warning is simply this, don’t be so quick to judge.  Think of others, as you want to be thought of; forgive others, as you want to be forgiven; and love others, as you want to be loved.  The next time you think of judging someone, remember someone will be judging you.