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”
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?