No Judgement
April 23, 2024
"For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Matthew 7:2
A judge presides over a legal proceeding, and after hearing all the arguments, and seeing all the evidence, decides guilt or innocence. We have all played judge without hearing all of the facts but have allowed someone to give us a piece of a story, and then we made our decision about something or someone based on partial information. There are times when people will judge others based on the decisions they make for their lives, and because they may not agree they judge the person based on their decisions. We judge people by what they are wearing, or how they may speak, and there are times when we judge people simply by the way they look. Many times, when we judge people with partial or false information, we get it wrong, and may find out later that the person you thought they were, they are not. Not matter the actions of a person or how they look, walk, talk, or dress we are in no place to judge them, nor should we. The Scripture reminds us that in the same way we judge others, we will be judged, and with the measure we use, it will be measured to us. I encourage you today not to be anyone's judge. If you take the time to look at your own situations there will be no time to judge others based on partial information that may be incorrect. You serve a kind, merciful and great God who is wise is wise enough to allow you to choose the rubric of your judgment, and it is the same rubric you use for others that is what God will use to judge you. You never know what someone may be going through, just like someone may not know what you are going through, so instead of judging people, give them the benefit of the doubt and love them through it all, just as God loves you through it all. I am in no position to judge anyone, so I choose to show love instead of judgment. I know God has so much He can judge me on, and I am thankful that instead of judging me He shows me love. Since I choose to love instead of judge, I know for sure, "It's My Year To Get My Thing From My God!"
Lord I have made my share of mistakes and instead of judging me, you have loved me through them all. Allow me to show love instead of judgement today so you can continue to get the glory. I love you Lord. In Jesus Name Amen.
Be Inspired, Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Pogue, Pastor
Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church
Mount Vernon, NY