judgment (part one): what it does mean

One thing that I find myself doing far too often is forgetting that I am human, just like that guy that just bought his prescriptions from me…
And don’t tell me that you have not had similar experiences…

So what do we do with realizations such as these?

Matthew 7 tells us to not judge so that we will not be judged.
We will begin with what this does mean:

It means that we need to not look at people and first see their sin, and how terrible they are.

It means that we cannot act as if we are better than people, as we are no better than Hitler, Stalin, or Hussein.

It means that in our dealings with the world, we should not be talking behind the backs of others so as to tear down their name, and the name of Christ by our downright crappy attitude about that person.

It means that we are to fulfill the command of Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:16 and see people as Christ sees them: hurting, rejected, in need of love.

So my challenge for life is this: live according to Christ and His Word, and do not be quick to condemn anyone…

…regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.

-Paul, the Apostle
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