Happy Sunday! Today I’m sharing another “Scripture Sunday” post (read my last eight here). Today’s verses are from a chapter in John that I recently read and felt really moved by. The Scripture talks about judgment, which I think is something we can all use a couple pointers on. If the Christian religion offends you in any way, feel free to scroll past this post and read a recent life or style post. I hope you enjoy today’s post as much as I enjoyed writing it!
John 8:15-16; You judge by human standards. I judge no one. And if I do judge, my judgment is true, because it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me.
I’d be lying if I said I never talk about my peers. I participate in lunch table gossip like most everyone else. However, I often think about it afterward and wonder why. Why do I feel the need to express my not-always-so-positive opinions of others? Why do I judge others at all? I think it’s part of human nature, but it’s not a part I like. I constantly feel guilty for saying things, even when I’m only stating the not-so-great facts, because I know that I wouldn’t want everyone to know negative things like that about me.
I pray constantly for God to help me see the good in others and to think of kinder, better things to talk about. Last week I read John chapter eight as a part of my nightly Bible reading and came across some of Jesus’ wise words about judgment. To give you some context, in this section of the chapter Jesus has just told a group of people that He is the light of the world. Some pharisees among the group speak out and claim that He is invalidly testifying about Himself. He replies by saying “Even if I testify about myself, my testimony is true, because I know where I came from and where I’m going. But you don’t know where I come from or where I’m going. ” He continues on to state today’s verses “You judge by human standards. I judge no one. And if I do judge, my judgment is true, because it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me.” These verses serve as a great reminder to me that He and His Father are the only ones who can truly judge us. We judge each other by human standards, while He judges us by more important standards; God’s.
This week, set your mind on seeing the good in others. If you think something negative about someone, say something positive to them. If you catch yourself gossiping with your friends, change the subject to something happier that doesn’t bring somebody down. Remember that God is the only one who can truly judge anyone, because we can’t see everything that He does. Our human standards of judgment are insignificant compared to theirs.
Thanks for reading! Have a blessed week.