Biting Judgment Bites Back

Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
                          —Matthew 7:1

Ninety-year-old Mama Marshall never uttered an unkind word about anyone. When someone was harshly judgmental of another, she always gently said, “Maybe she’s going through a hard period of hurt.”

After advising us not to judge others, Matthew added: “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged” (Mt. 7:2).

The judgmental hardball we throw at others comes right back at us. The judgment we give is the judgment we will receive—from humans and from God: “There is only one Lawgiver and Judge . . . who are you to judge your neighbor?” (Jas 4:12).

Bible commentator John Stott wrote: “If we enjoy occupying the bench, we must not be surprised to find ourselves in the dock.”

If you can’t be positive,
can you at least be quiet?

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