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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Love, Not Judge"

Date published: 10/02/2017

Romans 2:1 “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.” (NIV) 

   It is easy for life to become a judgmental balancing act. You can make a judgment about anything in life. Whether you are judging your spouse, children, friends, people you work with, or anyone else, you can begin to rob your heart of the fruit of the Spirit that God desires you to have in Galatians 5:22-23a: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (NIV) In the same way, instead of releasing the fragrance of God, you begin displaying the sinful nature that quenches the Holy Spirit in your life as well as the lives of others. A judgmental attitude can create a cynical heart where you feed the sinful nature described in Galatians 5:13b-15: “Do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.” (NIV) 

   A judgmental attitude can move your focus from loving others to hurting others out of your own self-interest. Judging another removes the goal of being used by God for another’s salvation and encouragement to the goal of meeting your needs. A critical spirit turns the fruit of the Spirit to the fruit of death with hate, dislike, misery, turmoil, impatience, as well as being overbearing, demeaning, and mean-spirited. This type behavior should cause you to pause and direct your heart to Jesus. Allow Jesus to captivate your heart with His love, so that you can better love others as Paul in Colossians 3:12 writes, “Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness , humility, gentleness and patience.” Next time you see your life devolving into sin by being judgmental…stop! Ask the Holy Spirit to take control of your heart. He will help you love – not destroy – others by allowing the fruit of the Spirit in you to touch others with His love.  

Exodus 34:29 “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD.” (NIV)

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