"Judge not, that ye be not judged. for with what judgment ye judged, ye shall be judged. " Matthew 7:1
There is so much in the Word about judging others. Have you ever been guilty? I admit I have and it did not please the Lord and did not build me up. But I have been the one that was judged, and judged falsly. The ones that were judging were my friends, I thought. They did not know the circumstances of the situation. I believe some of them knew, but it was easier for them to judge and keep their distance. It took a lot of prayer and forgiveness on my part. Did they asked for forgiveness for accusing and judging falsly? No! But I knew in my heart that I had to forgive in my heart to get peace.
It sure made a difference when I was wrongfully judged. I learned that being judgmental is easy if we aren't careful. But when you are on the receiving end, which I know you have probably been there too, it sure makes you think before you judge someone again. It was a hard lesson but needful. I'm glad God is our Judge. I try now not to judge, but wonder what that person may be going through. It makes you step back and think before you make any kind of judgment, good or bad. There is a message in the poem below. think about it!
Pray don't find fault with the man who limps or stumbles along the road Unless you have worn the shoes he wears, or struggled beneath his load. There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt, though hidden away from view, Or the burden he bears...placed on your back, might cause you to stumble too.
Don't sneer at the man who's down today, unless you have felt the blow That caused his fall or felt the shame that only the fallen know. You may be strong, but still the blows that were his...if dealt to you, In the selfsame way at the selfsame time might cause you to stagger too.
Don't be too harsh with the man who sins or pelt him with word or stone Unless you are sure...yea doubly sure that you have no sins of your own... For you know...perhaps if the tempters voice should whisper... as softly to you As it did to him...when he went astray could cause you to falter too.