Problem is, I like to think a lot of things that aren’t true. Sadly, not-judging is one of them.
I’m thinking about this because our small group is doing a study of the life of Abraham, and I find myself frequently being sure the guy was an idiot. He did all this really dumb stuff, made stupid decisions, didn’t learn from his mistakes…
Like I said, I like to think I don’t judge people.
Ever wonder why Jesus told us to avoid playing judge? I suppose there are a lot of reasons, but right now I’m thinking He wanted to remove an enormous burden from our shoulders.
A fallible, imperfect, human judge carries a huge responsibility. We can’t know all the facts and circumstances, and we certainly can’t see into someone’s heart. We’ll always be wrong.
That’s not a burden God wants us to bear. Judging is God’s job.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
You and I get the chance to live without the horrible responsibility of dispensing justice for everyone else.
Rest. Easy. Light. Free.
Kind of a cool gift, huh?
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