By Paul M.
I saw something, that speaks a lot of truth: it was something like this:
“I can recognize a judgmental person as soon as a see them.”
This is true of many of us. Too often this is true of me. As I grew up I felt very judged and condemned by many. This has left its damages to me. In many situations and environments I come into almost expecting judgment and condemnation. Many times I’m sure, I imagine it from some where it does not exist.
This is something the Lord has been working with me on. Lord Jesus says:
“Therefore be merciful,
even as your Father is also merciful.
and you won’t be judged.
and you won’t be condemned.
and you will be set free.”1
I have found these words of the Lord to be true, as much as I have allowed myself to experience them, at least. When I give others the “benefit of the doubt” even when there is much evidence to the contrary, there is a freedom. A freedom from condemnation. I am embracing the love and mercy of God as I am understanding it and giving it to others. His mercy is passing through me as a vessel of mercy. Judgment on the other hand does not work out well for me. I tend to judge those who “I think” are judgmental and or harsh, but who is to say my judgment is right. Even if I was right 9 out 10 times, the tenth person suffers unjust judgment. Mercy is undeserved anyway. When I become judgmental and defensive, anger and or bitterness is the result. This is a very unpleasant state. I am allowing my own judging and condemning to block up and distort my understanding, view and experience of God’s mercy to me, to us.
I want to be slow to judge and condemn even the most obvious offenders. This is my desire and what I am aiming for, but I’m not close, but I will keep looking in faith and hope for Lord to make this more true in my life.
Lord Jesus says:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you, that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven.”2
Loving those who are somewhat deserving of our love is a low thing. God calls us to a higher love. A love which loves and does good to those who hate and hurt us. This is hard, this is where the “good fight” of faith comes in. This is a war. That we would learn to respond to our judges, our condemners, those who hurt us with supernatural love and mercy. I know those of us who are His children have it within us to do this. He, His gentle and merciful Spirit is within us.
I have come to use a way of thinking that has helped me, some. In a sense I am condemned, anything in me that is not renewed, and changed by God, has been condemned already. I fully agree with the condemnation of any sin or remaining corruption within me. I accept God’s condemnation of this remaining sin and sinner. This part of me deserved the cross Jesus took for me, it deserves hell Jesus saved me from. By faith this sinner has already been dealt with on the cross. So why should I get so upset when others condemn this sinner also. When I am condemned I can agree with my condemners. “Yes, you are exactly right.” “Thank God, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” We can accept condemnation from others without getting so defensive, yet in another sense we are believing gospel mercy and love to reject condemnation, as now we are credited with complete righteousness and full acceptance with God. Our solid standing is on perfect righteousness and no condemnation at all. Practically there is still much to judge and condemn within one another, if we so choose. Practically we spend much time in Romans 7, but by faith we are truly Romans 8 believers. The Enemy of our souls would have us believe our deserved condemnation of our sin, extends to undo our state of no-condemnation in Christ. It won’t and it can’t, but the Enemy many times practically convinces us otherwise.
The Lord tells us to forgive as we have been forgiven, so the mercy we give will be correspondent with the mercy we receive, accept and love from our God.(Father, Son, Spirit) I hope to love His mercy more and more. I hope this for you also. Fight this War.
- Luke 6: 36-37
- Matthew 5: 44-45a