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Judgment in the most unpredictable places. As I am leaving Church today a 20 something woman  looks down at my feet and with disgust in her eyes she stares. Which makes me think whoa Matthew 7:2. I am tattooed. I would think to expect this from an elder but from this girl. I do a lot in women’s ministries and meet lots of people. I don’t think has ever been an issue before. I am alive in the light of Jesus. So this got me thinking about judgment and how we may not realize that judgment shows and man oh man does it scream! The other day leaving a grocery store hands full this homeless man out side says spare some change. I look deep into his eyes and with a smile says not today. Walking away the Holy spirit convicted me. ” Good for you acknowledging him as a child of God but not good enough my child.. You didn’t want to be inconvenienced to put down your bags and looks for change as my child stands in the rain!” I put my bags in the car and dumped my wallet out and then walked back to him placed all the change from my wallet ( Mom of 4 that’s all I have left)  into his hand smile and say take care. I try really hard not to judge. I raise my children to be the same. We all judge.But what is the judgment you pass say about you? Please consider that your judgment is not required you are only called to love one another. Consider this the next time you think your judgment is not noticed…

John 13:34-35

New International Version (NIV)

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

 

Are you loving or judging? Are you encouraging or discouraging?  Are walking a Christ like life? Is that cross that symbolizes unconditional love just a pretty pendant on your necklace?

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2 thoughts on “judgement”

  1. Thanks for following my blog. I love this post of yours. I think we have all been in your position but few of us listen to God and go back to correct our feelings. Be Blessed.

  2. Exactly! We as christians need to be discerning and using temperance at all times. People can carelessly judge, sometime because they are hurt by the same judgmental attitudes they project on others. Discernment allows the opportunity for God’s grace to be shared…being judgmental closes the door. If God shows you His discernment (through His Word, Holy Spirit, Godly council, etc..).. that is wisdom. Although, in this encounter at your church was clearly a case where an assumption regarding your tattoo’s was misplaced. When we are judgmental towards people…we put them in a category that God NEVER intend them to be in. Discernment is using Godly wisdom. Judge NOT lest you be judged, right? Let’s not waste time with unhealthy attitudes and thinking. Let’s not allow Satan to place a stronghold and cause us to be offensive or offended. We never know how our words will impact another person…hateful, unnecessary words can cause a spiral of divisions and regret. God calls us to love one another in words and in deeds. Let’s begin.

    Your next encounter at the store…brought tears to my eyes. Yes, we see people with their cardboard signs standing with their little buckets to catch the money change off the freeway exits and stop signs. We are told to ignore them. Yes, there are some who take advantage. Yes, there are some who bring in more money than I have made in a day working. But, when God checks our hearts, we must obey to give…all that we have. There is an unseen reason…we don’t always have to understand the “why” but we must obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit. If for no other reason…than for God to comfort our hearts for what we needed…His reason for His PURPOSE. Love reciprocates Love…Giving reciprocates Favor. We are blessed, so we can bless others…freely. The clarity gained far exceeds the loss of any earthly possessions. For what profits a man if he gains his life and looses his soul. You have shown a beautiful example of walking in giving all that you had, in the moment…to someone who needed it more. God bless you, Tamara.

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