This last week I was speaking to one of the dearest people I know, she was hurt by what another believer had said about faith and healing. The Lord led my friend to Romans 14 and here is what the Lord has shown me on their behalf. When I say their behalf, I am speaking about the person that spoke Judgment and the person that received what they believed to be Judgment. I have just selected a few scriptures but I encourage you to read all of Romans 14
So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For the Scriptures say, “As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will declare allegiance to God.” Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.
As believers we have all had that moment when we are quick to judge, as believers we judge one another because of our own conclusions as to God, His word and how we have been taught. One group’s perspective and certain traditional religious beliefs or concepts are important to them. Another groups beliefs will look at the same God, His word and have concepts that others may not understand fully.
Attitudes are important. We have to learn to have a positive attitude toward those that we differ from. If not we end up despising the ones we disagree with rather than praying for and building up those that we disagree with. Instead of sharing our beliefs and learning from one another. We must see what Jesus see’s in each person. We are all on a journey and all grow in faith at different times in different ways. What I believe today may not be tomorrow so we need to extend grace.
The word ‘acceptance’ speaks of grace, it also has implications that believers should not judge or despise others because of beliefs when they do not mirror our own. Each person must be respected in spite of his or hers own faith. So how does one keep harmonies in everyday life with others? We must continuously ask the Lord to help us with our attitudes, by doing this we gain strength in our understanding of God, ourselves and others. When we seek understanding it is hard to judge. My daughter once said in when preaching “if we are offended we have already judged”.
The danger of judging others in Christ, opens the door to allow the enemy to sneak into our minds and destroy our relationship with God and others. So this week please take time to ask God if you see anyone in your life through the window of “Judgement”. Then ask God to show you that same person through His son Jesus.