When I listened to the sermon on Sunday, the preacher quoted Romans 2:1-6, but what struck home the most, was the 2nd half of verse 1; “When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things.”.
This reminded me that no matter who we are, we are continually making judgements. In fact, we cannot live our life without making continual judgements.
So, what is a judgement?
The Oxford Dictionary defines it as; 1. critical faculty; discernment. 2 good sense. 3 opinion or estimate. 4 sentence of the court of justice. 5 often deserved misfortune.
The Bible agrees in part and says; a ruling or moral decision by a ruler (often God), a judge, or an individual; the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing.
From the moment we are born we make a judgement such as deciding that we are comfortable, and we smile or that we are hungry, and we cry out. Throughout our life there are things that we judge as not pleasing to us and they upset us and things that are pleasing make us smile. At the moment of our death, it’s our loved one’s belief or prayer and hope that we have made the correct and biggest judgement of our life and that is the decision to save our soul.
Unfortunately, too often we hear about people in positions of responsibility who make a judgement and fervently oppose something, yet they are guilty of doing the very same thing they are claiming to be opposed to. This hypocrisy does not limit itself to any particular occupation or status. We look at what’s happening in politics, in areas of the law, the medical profession, in finance, in the education system, in sales, in the service industry, the list goes on and we can include religions. No wonder people are so mixed up, suspicious and confused.
But there is one 'type of person' who, no matter what area of life he or she is engaged in, is least likely to make the wrong judgement. Note, I said ‘least likely’, not ‘will not’. Only one person has been that perfect.
Who is this 'type of person'?
Firstly, let me assure you that it could be you, but there is a proviso. That provision is compliance with and submission to the instructions and advice in the bible, written by and about God and taught to us by God himself when he came to save us, as ‘the son of man’.
When we go to the shops and are short changed, many of us would turn and demand the correct change. Now having said that how many of us would turn and return an overpayment. When we’re involved in an incident? We make 2 judgements and decisions. Firstly, we form an opinion as to how we will react internally to the incident then we decide how we will react externally to it. If it upsets us, do we deal with it or do we take it out on someone else. These are all judgements where we’ve come to a decision and acted on that decision.
Our preacher spoke about ‘heart attitudes’ when dealing with our gifts. Well! our judgements are also determined by our heart attitudes. What is in our heart when we make a judgement? We need to carefully, consciously and intentionally examine our heart attitude before we put our body, including our mouth, into motion. Remember, out of our mouth comes the overflow of our heart. Verse 2 went on to say; “And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things.”
In Matthew 7:5 we are reminded in stern terms about judgement; “Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”.
Let’s see what we look like through other people’s eyes, then examine ourselves more closely through the eyes of the bible and make a judgement and a decision as to how we act in future.
God bless you all