“That is the sickest sin!” I exclaimed to myself as I contemplated what I considered to be a heinous sin someone had chosen to commit. I was equally appalled by that person’s loved ones’ support of that decision. How horrible, ugly, and filthy it all was! Oh, what must the Lord think of it all! Horror of all horrors!
I had prayed for the person and would undoubtedly pray again both for the person and for the loved ones. I truly cared about them. Not to mention others worldwide making the same decision and enjoying the same sin. The Lord has given me a love for all people. But still, how sickening was that sin! I suppose now you want to know what that particular sin is, right? Well I’m not going to tell you. Because this message isn’t about that person nor that sin. It’s about me, and about you, and about how we look at and think about and respond to others’ wrongdoing.
Turns out no sooner than I had that thought about “the sickest sin” than the Holy Spirit strongly, forcefully, and mercifully confronted me. With a Bible verse. The first one below. Telling me to STOP JUDGING, to STOP CONDEMNING. Then over the next few days as I worked on writing this message, He brought other verses to mind which you can find below.
Friend, I needed to repent. And so do you if you are pridefully judging and condemning someone else for that person’s sins. WE ARE ALL SINNERS in need of God’s forgiveness! We ALL need the Lord’s mercy!
Instead of judging, we need to seek the Lord and see what if anything He wants us to do in each situation whether it be to LOVE, FORGIVE, BE MERCIFUL, PRAY FOR THAT PERSON, HELP, ENCOURAGE, SHARE THE GOSPEL MESSAGE, POINT PEOPLE TO THE LORD AND THE BIBLE, OFFER SUPPORT, SHARE OUR TESTIMONY, WALK AWAY BUT PRAY, absolutely whatever His will is. And we need to take responsibility for OUR OWN SINS – including PRIDE AND JUDGMENT – and TURN AWAY FROM THEM and TURN TO THE LORD.
Humbled by this message? I am!
Father God, help us not to judge and condemn. Help us to love, forgive, and be merciful. Help us by giving us opportunities to proclaim you to the world. Oh, Father, have mercy upon us all. This whole world needs you! I feel I am the worst of all sinners. Forgive my pride! Forgive all of us for our pride! Help us to humble ourselves before you and to go out and tell the world about you, oh Lord! AMEN! p.s. Lord, please, please, please help us to purify our thoughts – and words – and actions so we are wholly pleasing to you, dear Lord, AMEN! Again! Yes, AMEN!
Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.” Romans 14:4
“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37
“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5