1 Corinthians 4:3-4 “But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.”
“No judgment zone.”
Many would like to place this as a placard over their life. Many would like to live without the scrutiny of others. We ask for no judgment, yet we make judgments all the time.
There are two types of judgment used biblically.
One is the judgment unto condemnation. God alone is the judge.
Revelation 20:12 “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
The second is using discernment to determine an outcome or make a good and right decision.
1 Corinthians 11:13 “Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?”
We observe and make determinations all the time. Some are done in a split second without any thought. Others are made with much forethought and meditation. They range from pure judgments as not to eat rotten food, or walk out on thin ice to entering college, or a relationship with someone.
Then there are the times we look at someone and based on their clothing, attitude, tattoos, speech, or hair, and we judge them to be like all others who look just like them.
It is said that the first impression is a lasting one. How we portray ourselves to others should be paramount. But the impact we receive from those we meet should be reserved from immediate judgment.
I truly understand the need for caution in today’s society. What I mention here is for the average person we meet in a much safer environment.
There are times when some will use the “No Judgment Zone” and reject what could be helpful advice from a peer, a parent, or someone who might know us better than we know ourselves.
There are times when a perception goes awry, and we think someone is speaking and acting like a particular people group when they are different. Often, there is so much more below the surface that we never get to see or experience them because we judge them to be something they are not.
There are times when we separate ourselves from someone because of the judgments we make. At times, those judgments will close a door to opportunities for the future. Some separation is necessary and biblical. Others are hurtful and unnecessary because we judge wrongly.
There are guidelines we use and set up to judge and determine throughout our life. We, as children of God, must judge rightly as we represent One greater than ourselves.
We have all endured judgments made against us as well as judgments we’ve established that have hurt others. Knowing the path to reconciliation and forgiveness is vitally important, and staying away from quick decisions that we later regret is needed as well.
Lastly, we need to check with God when we are unsure of what judgment to make. Taking the time to get with God before we decide can avoid hurtful and regretful things said in haste.
May we love all and reserve the best to bridge the gap to be used of God for all.