Luke 6:37 – “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
One of the amazing miracles of walking with God is that your ability to hear his voice is improved. A level of discernment is opened to you to hear the condemning words of our enemy and realize that it’s NOT God who is speaking this way to us. Out of his great love for us, he never condemns us.
Our accuser, on the other hand, is busily lying to us about God and his motives.
About 5 years after having read “The Shack” by William P. Young, the movie opened this weekend of the same title. It’s a powerful story about the redemption of a man’s life. From living in “hell on earth” to accessing joy in living for today.
One scene shows the main character judging his own Dad for the way the father acted in his life – but the son had no context or understanding of why it was happening. He took the role of judge, jury, and yes, his own Dad’s executioner.
Years later, in a very intense part of the story, God shows us and the main character ‘the rest of the story’, as Paul Harvey used to say…
I realized that THIS is a defining issue for me. I now accept that I’m not qualified to judge anyone because I don’t know their whole story.
As a result, the last few days have required me to invest time to think about those I’ve judged; to forgive them and to seek forgiveness for myself. Even the spirits of those long gone are able to benefit from an exercise like this. I’ve been a judge for years and as of today, I recuse myself from every case that crosses my path. I’m simply not qualified to render judgment.