Spirit & Life Devotional
Thursday, November 20
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
NOT AUTHORIZED TO JUDGE
Here’s the point: you didn’t die for anyone, you didn’t shed your blood for anyone, you weren’t crucified on the cross for anyone, you didn’t advise God to send Jesus to die for anyone, and you cannot save anyone and take them to heaven, therefore you are not supposed to judge anyone!
Here’s what Jesus said, “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:3-5
Doesn’t mean that you should do nothing about people erring. Pray for them, don’t write them off, don’t condemn them, don’t criticize them, love them, receive them. Truth is that if we spend time praying for people we will not have the time to judge them. And, you really can’t pray for someone and condemn him or her at the same time, when you are doing one, you are certainly not doing the other.