All the time, people are complaining about everyone else being so judgmental, and always judging others, but the truth is that even that is a judgment, and that it is impossible not to judge anyone. The thing is that we have to be careful about how we judge. See, there are two different kinds of judgment. There’s the judgment of right and wrong, where we judge whether something is good for us to do, or whether or not someone should be doing a certain thing. This is righteous judgment. But then there’s unrighteous judgment, which is where we judge by appearance, and we don’t look at the whole story, try to condemn, etc. Now, these are often confused because the Bible does say in John 3:5 that whoever isn’t born again cannot enter the kingdom. So, obviously we know that you can’t get into heaven unless you follow the Bible and are baptized. However, what I’m talking about right here is judging outside of the boundaries that God has given us.
Jude verses 9-10 says, “But the archangel Michael was contending with the devil, disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, ‘the Lord rebuke you.’ But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively.” Notice how in verse 9 it talks about blasphemous judgment, meaning that there is a judgment that isn’t blasphemous. The problem that most people tend to have is that they can’t always tell the difference between the two so they think that they’re both wrong, but we have to learn the differences so we can properly know things like who we should or shouldn’t hang out with, or if someone does something wrong, we have to be able to tell them.
People are always sinning. We are human. We are imperfect. Luckily, we have a God who understands that and is willing to forgive us. However, it is important that we help our friends who are sinning, an help prevent them from committing that sin in the future. That is why we need to not judge with appearance, but with righteous judgment, so that we don’t look down on others, but so that we can help them. We are told to teach, and that doesn’t just mean strangers and people who aren’t Christians. Yes that is important, but the souls that have already been saved are important as well. Today I would like to encourage all of you to remember not to be judgmental, but remember that knowing when something is a sin, so you know not to do it, and you know how to go to that person about it in a kind way, and help them even if it’s hard.
My name is Jayla, I am 15 years old, and a freshman in high school. I am homeschooled, and enjoy activities such as reading, writing, watching movies, photography, drawing, and running. I write for my own personal blog, and an online Christian magazine for young women called “String of Pearls”. I enjoy what I do, and hope and pray every day that I can in some way further God’s kingdom.
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