How often have we sat and talked about this person and that person , about what they spoke, about their behaviour , about their dressing. How quickly we pass judgment and term them as bad.
In John 8 , John talks about people condemning an adulterous woman .Jesus replied to them saying (John 8:7)
“And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”
There was not a single stone thrown at her.
When we are out there condemning someone, the following things need to be kept in mind:
All have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God:
We, who are still sinners, are always ready to pass judgment or condemn others. But is there any among us who say ‘I am the Holiest person and have no sin in me’. Every day we sin and we seek God’s grace and mercy and He forgives us out of His abundant love for us.
However righteous we think of ourselves, we just do not have the rights to pass judgment on fellow brethren.
Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. Romans 2:1
Control your tongue
Often what starts as a small discussion in a small group, ends up as a big rumor which may may cause damage.
Firstly , this affects the person about whom we talk about. In certain situations, it may tear up that person badly.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29
Secondly, we are answerable to God for every word that we utter here on earth as it defiles the temple of the Holy Ghost.
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. James 3:6
Thirdly, we are in no way bringing glory to the name of God by condemning others. Let all our words and actions bring glory to God.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Instead if we feel our fellow brethren have short comings , we can always pray for them or we can talk to them in person and counsel them but all this should be done in a gentle way, full of love.
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Galatians 6:1
Author: Hepsibah Rachel (NLFA Baroda)