The Gavel Isn't Ours
“The court was seated, and the books were opened.” Thank God that another person cannot have the final say on my eternal destiny. Thank God that I am not dependent on man’s mercy to decide whether I am free or bound. Thank God that I am dependent on His.
When it comes to passing judgment on those around us, no one is immune from falling prey to this. We don’t have to be taught to do it; it is a horribly natural trait. We size up everyone based on different criteria, and then we base our viewpoint of them by their tryouts on our mind’s stage. Of course, our own mistakes and behavior can be totally justified…right?
If you walk around with merciless eyes, then do not expect mercy in return. You will reap what you sow. Holding sins over others’ heads, not allowing for any change of opinion, only causes our own sin to follow us around. God, help us to be merciful!!
However, the Word does not teach us to overlook sin. We have the tendency to turn away, so that we are not “judging.” It is easy to go from one extreme to another. If someone claims to be a Christian, yet displays all evidence to the contrary—don’t turn away from acknowledging this. Jesus taught us how to deal with a brother sinning against us. It was the opposite of ignoring it. Forgive, yes. Forgive multiple times, yes. Forgiveness and association are two totally different things.
All should be forgiven, but not all should be followed. “Do not judge,” does not mean to put blinders on and expect to go through life untouched. We cannot allow someone’s failures or differences to define them, but we also cannot allow ourselves to yoke up with another whose spirit does not agree with His. The gavel is not mine to hold, but my heart is mine to guard. Scripture to read: Daniel 7:10 Galatians 6:7 2 Corinthians 6:14 Matthew 7:1-3 Matthew 6:15 Ecclesiastes 7:18 1 Corinthians 11:28 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 Proverbs 4:23 1 Corinthians 6:1-6 Matthew 18:15-17 Matthew 5:7 Matthew 18:21-22 Zechariah 7:9 Matthew 16:5-12 Prayer: Lord, help me. Keep me in balance when it comes to dealing with another’s behavior. Help me to be merciful, because I know that I myself am in desperate need for mercy. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.