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posted Aug 6, 2011, 10:47 AM by Debbie Butler   [ updated Aug 9, 2011, 4:38 AM ]

I saw a post on facebook this week that caught my attention.. It said, “When you hang on the cross for someone’s sins then you can judge them.” We as Christians have taken it upon ourselves to judge those around us. Several years ago God began dealing with me about not judging and forgiving people. Ever so often He will refresh me in His Word concerning this. As He began to show me my heart I was astonished at how much we judge others.

Jesus Himself said,” You judge after the flesh. I judge no man.” Jesus is our example. A woman was brought to Him, she had been caught in the very act of adultery. Yet in His mercy and grace He said, “Neither do I condemn (judge) thee, go and sin no more.” John 3:17: For God sent not His son into the world to condemn (judge) the world: but that the world through Him might be saved.”

We need to extend mercy to those around us. The Bible says, “For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” (James 2:15) If we give judgment and ask for repayment for wrongs done to us, then we will be dealt with according to what we dish out. If we extend mercy we will receive mercy. If we dole out judgment we will receive judgment. The Bible tells us we will reap what we sow.

I don’t know about you but I don’t want to get what I deserve from God, from satan, nor from life. I need God’s mercy every day. It is time we began to judge ourselves through God’s eyes and His Word. If we do this we won’t have time to judge others. There is coming a day of judgment, but the judge will be Father God at the great white throne judgment.
Read: Matt 18:21-35 Pay close attention to what happens to the one who extend judgment (v. 28-34) He was turned over to the tormentors. V 35 The heavenly Father will do the same if we do not forgive everyone their trespasses.
Matt. 5:7