BOOK OF GOD'S PROMISES
J. Steven Lang
-- Is there anything more pleasant than discussing someone else's faults?
This shouldn't be so, especially for Christians, but it seems to be widely regarded
as an acceptable form of entertainment. Is it any surprise that most TV sitcoms
are built around people tearing each other down, either behind their backs or
right to their face? It's terribly funny on TV -- not at all funny in real life,
especially if you are the person being degraded.
The Bible has a lot to say
about being judgmental. Jesus and the apostles understood clearly the human tendency
to put down others. Among Christians, this even takes the form of questioning
another's spiritual condition.
The LORD doesn't make decisions the way you
do! People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at a person's thoughts
1 Samuel 16:7
"Stop judging others, and you will not be
judged. For others will treat you as you treat them. Whatever measure you use
in judging others, it will be used to measure how you are judged. And why worry
about a speck in your friend's eye when you have a log in your own? How can you
think of saying, `Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,'
when you can't see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the
log from your own eye, then perhaps you will see well enough to deal with the
speck in your friend's eye."
We have stopped evaluating others
by what the world thinks about them. Once I mistakenly thought of Christ that
way, as though he were merely a human being. How differently I think about him
now! What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They
are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!
Don't grumble about each other, my brothers and sisters, or
God will judge you. For look! The great Judge is coming. He is standing at the
Don't speak evil against each other, my dear brothers and
sisters. If you criticize each other and condemn each other, then you are criticizing
and condemning God's law. But you are not a judge who can decide whether the law
is right or wrong. Your job is to obey it. God alone, who made the law, can rightly
judge among us. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do
you have to condemn your neighbor?
Whenever you speak, or
whatever you do, remember that you will be judged by the law of love, the law
that set you free. For there will be no mercy for you if you have not been merciful
to others. But if you have been merciful, then God's mercy toward you will win
out over his judgment against you.
See also Hate, Hypocrisy,
The Book of God's Promises -- Copyright, 1999 by J.
Stephen Lang. All rights reserved, used with permission.