Warning Against Judging Others
Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you. God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor? (James 4:11, 12 NLT)
Everyday I see people (and even Christians) speak evil against each other. I can understand that people are inherently fallible and they do not want to abide by certain standards of living. But why does that give the celestial right for anyone to use foul language or a gavel to correct people? I can recognize that a gavel in the hands of the law has yielded (in some cases) great benefit to the common good of society, but it cannot be compared to the size of God’s hammer.
Our job is to obey the 12 commandments and nothing else. If a commandment says to judge one another, then we are allowed to–but in this case there is no such commandment.
So this week, try your very best to not speak evil against each other or judge your neighbor. Remember that our job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to us. God has given you life and he has the power to take it away, so obey him and you can never go wrong!
- Weekly Spiritual Digest: Jesus and The Prince of Demons (princesdailyjournal.com)