[vimeo id="100990695"] Sometimes we can judge others and even ourselves pretty quickly. We begin to form our opinions of others as soon as we meet them, and unfortunately sometimes they can be misleading. There are many ways that we can unfairly label others and ourselves. I want to share a few of these with you today. Keep them in mind as you navigate your daily life and build relationships with people.
First, we view the faults of others as worse than our own. The truth is that sin is sin whether we like it or not, and we are all guilty of it. We need to keep in mind that famous scripture from Romans that says that, “all haven fallen short of the glory of God.” This means that we’ve all got our faults and we need the forgiveness of Jesus just as much as the person next to us. We’ve all journeyed this far and have fallen along the way, and the good news is that we don’t have to stay there, but we can all accept God’s grace and move forward.
Second, comparing your journey to other people’s journey. You know, all of us are living our own unique journey. Not one story is the same as another. Now, there may be similarities between stories, but none are exactly alike. That’s because God is intricately creating a masterpiece out of each story. Here’s what I mean. One person may be called into missions while another is called to be a lawyer. These are two very different callings, but equally important in God’s eyes. We need Christ-following lawyers as much as we need missionaries. We can’t compare our journey to the journey of others and feel as if we’ve missed the point of our life because we didn’t live exactly like someone else. In addition, we can’t judge others for choosing a different career path than ours – it’s their God-given story! The point is, that you must live your journey – the one that God designed just for you.
Third, we view others as unfit to give criticism. At the bottom of this is pride. We simply may feel that we’re better than others. A true sign of humility and genuine character is the ability to receive criticism from people regardless of their position in life. As leaders we tend to feel that we always know the answers and can operate as if we can do no wrong. We need to pay attention to the people around us because God has placed them into our life to give us insight and knowledge about life. Now we need to distinguish between critical people and those who truly want to offer constructive advice, but we should never think that we know it all or we’re perfect – because we’re not. After all, God did use a donkey to speak to Balaam… talk about humility.
Well I trust these few ideas have encouraged you today and reminded you of a few important lessons about judging others. If you’re struggling with pride, I just want to encourage you to let it go. Take advice and learn from others. If you have some other thoughts you’d like to add to this list, please feel free to respond below. Have a great day!