How often do we sit, watch and make judgments about people? Who asked us to be their judge? What right do we have?
Jesus ran into this issue many times during His ministry on earth.
“And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?”
“And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him. And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?”
Can you picture this with me? Here is Jesus healing people that are sick, that no one else has been able to help; sitting with people who want to know more ~ to learn….
Enter in scribes and Pharisees….”reasoning in their hearts”….questioning His disciples…
Typically Christians refer to the scribes and Pharisees negatively and rightly so.
But are we that different from them?
We are called to be, yet are we? Truly?
How often do we see someone do something and critique it?
How many times do we wonder why people are spending time with “them”?
We are called to bring light, to share His live to everyone we possibly can.
Can we do that while judging them and what they do? Who they choose to spend time with?
Jesus came to reach the sick and the sinners.
We are the sick and the sinners. <—-Agree? Tweet
It is by His mercy and grace we are saved!
Wasting time judging others, not only hurts those we’re judging, but ourselves and our testimonies.
Jesus is our greatest example. We must strive to be like Him. Love, mercy, forgiveness, and grace….these are qualities we must embrace.
Leave judgment in it’s rightful place……God’s hands.