Daily Devotional – 10/26/11 “Don’t be quick to judge!”

 Have you ever picked up a book because of the cover, flipped it over to read what it is about, buy it only to be disappointed by it?  Have you ever purchased something that you saw on TV and it was not what you expected or even received a gift that you automatically knew you wouldn’t like only to love it?  Maybe you judge a person by what they wear, by the color of their hair or by what other folk say.  You know, your girlfriend says “I can’t stand that girl because she thinks she is better than everybody else because she wear name brand and carry name brand purses, she ain’t all that!”  Then there you go.  Every time she walks by, you roll your eyes, not because she has ever done anything to you but because your friend don’t like her.  But one day you see her in the break room and she speaks to you, a conversation starts and by the end of it you’ve met a new friend because you realized that she is not the clothes that she wears or the purses that she carries.  Had you stopped earlier to speak to her you would have realized that most of the clothes she wears comes from her local Goodwill stores because she shops in the “rich folk” neighborhoods and the purses that she carry comes from Marshall’s.  Had you stopped to get to know her instead of judging, you could have had a friendship a long time ago.

See, we “Christians”, are quick to speak ill of others because of outside appearances.  We don’t take the time to see what is on the inside. But the bible states in Luke 6:37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”  Have you ever taken the time to see why I don’t smile or why I seem to stay to myself?  Have you taken the time to get to know me before you judge me?  I might not be smiling because I’ve been up all night with a sick child or because there is pain in my body.  I might not be the life of the party because I’m shy and not a people person but does that give you the right to talk about me?  Yea, I may dress and act like I got money in my pocket but all the time I don’t have a pot or a window to throw it out of.  But because I know how to match my clothes and shop on a budget, that gives you the right to judge me?  Just because I walk around with my head held high doesn’t mean I think I am better than you, it just means I know who I am and whose I am, therefore there is no reason for me to be down.  Just because I don’t join in with your pity party, it doesn’t make me more or less than you because I don’t deal in pity just praise. 

Romans 2:1 says “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.”  When you judge me, you are judging yourself.  When you speak down on me you are speaking down on yourself.  I may dress differently than you but that doesn’t make me different from you.  I put pants on one leg at a time, just like you.  I put my shirt on over my head just like you.  I sin just like you.  I make promises that I sometimes don’t keep just like you.  I have good days and bad days just like you.  So what makes us different? 

Don’t get mad at me because I don’t get drunk and act a fool.  Don’t hate on me because I’ve chosen a different path than you.  Don’t condemn me because I choose to go to church on Sunday, bible study on Wednesday and choir rehearsal on Thursday.  Don’t write me off because I don’t raise my children the way you raise yours.  Just because I do things differently don’t make me better, just different.  So why judge me?  I hurt just like you hurt, I bleed red blood just like you do, I put food in my mouth to eat just like you do and I cry tears just like you do.  So why judge me?  Does it make you feel or look better?

You look at the blessings that God gives folk and judge them harshly but do you even know what they’ve been through to get them?  You haven’t seen the nights they were up sick from the chemotherapy treatments, the pacing they’ve done when a child didn’t come home, the sleepless nights when there was no food in the refrigerator but having hungry mouths to feed, the long days of working overtime to get extra money for Christmas dinner or the scars on their knees from the hours of praying to God for his mercy.  You haven’t seen the long commute to work because of the 2 buses she had to take, the sacrificing her lunch money so her child could go to a school dance, the constant wringing of her hands because her arthritis is getting worse or the tear stains on her face from missing momma who recently died.  You haven’t seen the bruises she tries to hide from her abusive husband, the clothes that she wore from yesterday because she doesn’t have any more or that all of her possessions are in her car because she doesn’t have a place to live.  But you judge.

When you no longer sin or make mistakes, when you can heal me of my sickness, when you can raise the dead and walk on water, when you can forgive me of my sins, when you can take being beaten all night, dragged from judgment hall to judgment hall, wear a crown of thorns, take being speared in the side, nailed in your hands and feet, buried in a borrowed grave and raise yourself from the dead; then you can judge me.  Until that appointed time, don’t judge me! You are no better than me and I am not better than you!

“How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Luke 6:42

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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