By Heather Kimmel
I know I’m not supposed to judge others. And I’m pretty good about reminding myself that I can never know what’s in another person’s heart or mind or the motivation behind her actions unless that person tells me, and even then, I know I’m not supposed to judge. The Bible plainly tells us that God has taken the burden of judgment from us. But it’s easy to slide into judging others, using the actions and decisions of other people in an attempt to affirm our superiority, especially when people make decisions that end in tragedy. Paul tells us that by judging others, however, we are condemning ourselves. This verse stands out in particular: “But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.” There can be no worse tragedy than God’s adverse judgment.
Dear Lord, please help me not to pass judgment on others, even when their actions seem to defy explanation to me, so that I may not condemn myself but be repentant in your eyes.