Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, and criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole travelling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor. Matthew 7:1-5 MSG.
All of us have strengths, and we all have weaknesses. You are strong in an area where your neighbor is weak. And you neighbor may be strong in an area where you are weak. None of us is perfect, so don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, and criticize their faults. You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things? Romans 2:1-3
It is easy to think “I wouldn’t do that. How could a Pastor, Teacher, President, or Christian do this or say that?” But the truth is you are strong in those areas because of the Grace of God. I am not a drug addict because the grace of God, I am not a gossiper, drunkard, womanizer, thief, etc because of the Grace of God. I believe people do what they do for reason(s) we don’t know therefore let us take time to understand their situations and pray for them. Take time to understand your friends’ situation before you pass a comment. Don’t talk behind their back
Think about this for a moment; if God should expose everything you do behind closed doors to the rest of the world, could you imagine what people would say about you?
Friend, don’t join unbeliever who mock at believers who fall into temptations. don’t judge them when their secret sins come to light. Don’t be quick to judge when you hear your brother or sister’s weakness. Instead, show some love. Let them know how you love them, and pray for them.
Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37 niv84.
If we are critical rather than compassionate, we will also receive criticism. You will receive what you give to others in full amount.
God is the Judge!
- Is Your Judgment Just? (faith1stministries.com)