Pointing fingers-we all do it. We all fall to the temptation of feeling better than others and then talking about them. We just don’t do it to outsiders; on the contrary, we do it more towards those who are supposed to be in our immediate circle- colleagues at work, classmates and even church members. And we do it out of ignorance and pitiful self-righteousness.
We allow rumors to determine our perception of people we hardly know and then seal it up with a twisted point of view. We think of others as hypocrites, immature and half-baked Christians but the truth is we are not perfect ourselves. It is probably true that there is an iota of truth in every rumor but I also believe in giving people second chances. After all, if God hadn’t had mercy on us not to make us run out of second chances, where would we be?
It may be true those people messed up in the past but how long are we going to hold it over their heads? I think they have been punished enough with the curious looks and the stinging whispers behind their backs. It’s about time we showed them love-the kind that Jesus has-enough to sit down and eat with ‘sinners’. We are part of His kingdom thanks to His grace and mercy so who are we to judge?
Being judgmental is a mentality so it all starts with making up your mind not to be so anymore. Ask for God’s grace to able to see beyond the flaws of others and see them the way God sees them-with pure love. Being judgmental is a sign of spiritual immaturity. You are as half-baked as your victim of judgment.
So try to reach out to those you’ve believed are not worth associating with. Know them for yourself and let them know that love forgives and bears all things.
“Judge not, that you be not judged”– Matthew 7:11 (RSV).