How often do we find ourselves judging someone else? It may be as simple as criticising what someone is wearing in our minds, or it could be holding contempt for someone who’s committed some ‘great sin’. Admit it: We’ve all made some sort of judgement of someone else at one time or another. But no one is alone with this struggle. It’s actually very common.
Do we think that, perhaps, being a Christian somehow elevates us to a higher level than others? Do we think that it somehow enables us, or gives us the right to judge people? That’s a lie! The truth is, even as Christians, even if we try to live a life that accords with the Bible, even if we pray a lot–these activities are not what guarantees are salvation. Sure, they should be a result of salvation, but being a Christian doesn’t make us any better than anyone else.
As Christians, God didn’t give us the assignment to judge one another; as I have judged you, but love one another; as I have loved you. (John 13:34)
And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16)
God defines love! Just imagine for one moment, what an impact Christians would have in this world if, instead of judging others, we loved them! Imagine the change! The misconception that Christianity is all about judgement and damnation would be so much reduced. At last, the world would see God for who He truly is–love–and a huge revolution would follow.
We can exchange judgement for love. Since we are Christians, we represent God. What better way to represent God than to represent Him as love?
Sarah Tinning – Column: Living With a Positive Mindset
Sarah is a 17-year-old, living in Australia. She loves God, her family, singing, writing songs and novels, and playing guitar. She enjoys meeting up with friends, and just putting a smile on people’s faces; even better, making them laugh! She blogs about books, movies, music, and life at www.foreveraspiringwriter.wordpress.com