“When we judge or criticize another person, it says 


nothing about that person; it merely says something about 


our own need to be critical.” – Unknown

Pride and arrogance zealously brings attention to another


person’s shortcomings, while remaining forgetful to its 


own.

There are generally two kinds of people in the world...


destroyers and builders. 


Destroyers criticize, vilify, slander, belittle, and discredit 


the works and lives of others while offering nothing better. 


Builders add to...build upon... and improve the quality of 


life for others.

Some people, who are observing from the sidelines of life 


rather than actively participating in life... neither


 know victory or defeat. Some people passively observe, 


but never take an active part in life; yet, they can be 


extremely intolerant, relentlessly critical and judgmental 


of the failures and/or shortcomings of other people who 


are striving for higher ideals. Some sideliners are quick to 


point out how another who has dared greatly stumbles, 


comes up short, and how the person who is actively 


walking in their calling... could have done better. They 


are always ready to make an itemized, detailed list of 


other people’s failures and flaws.

We must always guard against the temptation of thinking 


we must measure up and be perfect or should be perfect. 


Not in this life. 


Nothing in Scripture teaches us to expect this from 


ourselves or others.

Some will criticize and judge as a means of projecting 


things on others that they don't like about themselves. 


Let us keep a learning mindset when it comes to criticism 


and judgment. Every situation can become a chance to 


learn and grow.


We can't control others, but we can benefit by putting 


forth greater effort to improve ourselves and letting harsh 


criticism roll off our backs like water on a ducks back.

Nobody goes through life without making mistakes or 


doing something they are ashamed of. We all look great in 


some areas and come up very short in others. None of us 


are perfect... each of us have our share of flaws.

The harsh, hyper-critical, demeaning, and sometimes 


relentless judgmental observers in life, who gain nothing 


by criticizing the imperfections of others, can indeed 


challenge us and make us better, provided we keep our 


emotions in check, decide what applies, learn from it, 


and let the rest go. 

Passing judgment on someone 


based solely on appearances is sinful.

Let us make sure we know every 


situation fully before making a 


judgment.



Easily seen are the faults of others, but in far too many 


instances it is difficult to see our own. Scripture cautions 


us not to be harsh and judgmental of the faults of others,


even where they are evident, because neither are we 


perfect and free from error.


Every person is a combination of wonderful virtues and 


plenty of flaws.

Jesus is calling us to not condemn people, to not pass final 


judgment and declare one unredeemable and guilty.


 

It is incredibly important that we understand the context in 


which Jesus was speaking.

The Bible’s command that we not judge others does not 


mean we cannot show discernment.


Jesus is giving us permission to tell right from wrong.



When Jesus said not to judge others, He did not mean that 


no one can identify sin for what it is, based on God’s 


definition of sin.



The Bible’s command that we not judge others does not 


mean Jesus was saying, “Anything goes.”



Jesus gives a direct command to “Stop judging by mere 


appearances, but instead judge correctly.”

Superficial, unrighteous judgment 


is wrong!

Men may escape human justice, but they will never escape 


God's divine justice. 



We cannot flee from God's 


all seeing eye


nor experience anything...



 that God is not aware of.



There is nothing outside the realm of God's knowledge.


God is everywhere, and God is all-knowing.


The most minutest details 


about each of us


are known completely...



and are on full display 


before God.


All of our thoughts, words, secret sins, 


and deeds are an open book before 


God. There is nothing about us that


 God does not know.



God's knowledge of us is so vast that there is nothing 


we can do or imagine that God does not already know 


about.


God knows all and sees all of our past, present, and future.


There is no place within the entire universe we could find 


ourselves where God's presence could not be.



God is Our Just and Righteous Judge.


 God does not have favorites. 


It makes no difference who we are or where we came  


from... God looks deeper than the surface, and God's 


Judgment is always perfectly righteous!

Every case is laid naked and open before God. God needs no witnesses and no jury because God has personally witnessed every crime and secret sin that has ever been committed. 

God knows all the facts. God never misrepresents a person's case! 

We can be sure that God's judgment is

always according to the absolute truth.

 

At the foot of the cross... the ground is level.

God will impartially judge everyone for sinning against 

the light that they were given.

God's judgment applies to each of us, regardless of our age, circumstances, or station in life. There are no exceptions to the rule.

 

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