I’ve become convinced that one of the most enslaving temptations is the one to judge. It just leads to all kinds of harm to others and self under the pretense of making you feel better about yourself by comparing yourself favorably to others.
As if we were somehow better.
The year is new. The opportunity is before us. It’s time to break free.
Judge the rightness of words and actions for yourself (Luke 12:57).
Then again, He has an advantage we don’t have (John 8:16).
So leave it to the Expert (Romans 2:3).
Your time will come (1 Corinthians 6:3).
Do yourself and others a favor. Try the Greg Boyd shopping mall experiment:* Stop judging people around you and just love them today.
Then repeat 365 times.
You’ll have a full year of freedom from the terrible burden of judging others, and the freedom to love others sans judgment.
Keep trying. Chances are, with experience, we’ll all get better at it.
Take a stand for freedom in 2013.
*Click on the link to “Look Inside,” then on the one for “First Pages.”