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Avoid Negative Effect of Judging Others – March 13 Inspiration


Judge not or you will be judged the same way. That’s a Biblical principle I grew up with. That, and don’t criticize things about other people that you are just as guilty of doing. Other adages or verses come to mind, like people who live in glass houses should not throw stones…or whoever is without sin can throw the first stone (and everyone walks away, or SHOULD). It’s always easy to overlook (ignore) our own faults, but it seems way too easy to find fault and negative aspects in other people. That negativity, however, has an adverse effect not only on those we judge, but also on us. Equally good reasons to NOT engage in that behavior of judging others.


Here is your inspiration for this Sunday…

“The very same things that we judge other for,

we do ourselves.

We make excuses for our own behavior,

but when someone else does the same thing we do,

we are often merciless.

Doing unto others as we want them to do to us

(see Matthew 7:12) is a good life principle

that will prevent a lot of judgment and criticism, if followed.

A judgmental mind is an offshoot of a negative mind–

thinking about what is wrong with an individual

instead of what is right.

Be positive and not negative!

Others will benefit, but you will benefit more than anyone.”

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”


My reflections:

I often wonder why it seems so much easier to notice the bad instead of the good in people. It seems to be our human nature to criticize more than it is to praise and encourage.  I certainly prefer to encourage others, because that’s the way I want to be treated.


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you find it easier to judge people than to encourage them?

Do you have people in your life who tend to judge you frequently?




  1. 1010ParkPlace

    Yes, it’s human nature. It always has been. Even the Bible reminds us to first take the plank out of own eye before we comment on the speck from our brother’s eye.
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    13 . Mar . 2016
  2. Roy A. Ackerman, PhD, EA

    I never had the problem with your quote. I am more than willing to be judged by the same standard as I do others.

    I see the real problem being that folks absolve themselves of all things they abhor or dislike in others.
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    14 . Mar . 2016
  3. maggie danesfahani

    Thanks for this post. It makes good sense but it is one of the hardest things to do. It is so easy to trip of the tongue what we think of everyone else. But, when we learn to look at ourselves first it kind of takes a bit more effort to talk about others in the light of our own short comings.

    14 . Mar . 2016
  4. Heather

    Judgmental people are everywhere, Christians and some of the worst are the so called open minded non-Christians! I try to avoid them all!

    14 . Mar . 2016
  5. Melinda

    This reflects what I heard in church yesterday. Thanks for reinforcing the message.
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    14 . Mar . 2016
  6. Jenjen

    Sad reality. Its so much easier to accuse people without even talking a word to them.
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    15 . Mar . 2016
  7. Anne Louise Bannnon

    I’m not sure how we got trained to assume the worst about people. It’s something I have to work on, mostly because I hate it so much when people assume the worst in me. I think it has to do with a legalistic/perfectionistic attitude. If I have to toe the line, everyone around me should. Maybe if we were more focused on the spirit rather than the letter of the law, we’d find less to judge in others.
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    15 . Mar . 2016

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