Pass love not judgment

Passage James 2:12-13:

12Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law
that gives freedom, 13because judgment without mercy will be shown to
anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!

Passage James 4:11-12:

11Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against
his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When
you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on
it. 12There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to
save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

Passage 1 Peter 4:7-8:

7The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and
self-controlled so that you can pray. 8Above all, love each other
deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

Jesus said that all of the rules/commands of the Bible boil down to
one thing – love.
God wants us to love him and to love others.

James is telling us here that negative, critical judgment of others is
not love. Since the ultimate law is love, we are breaking god's
command, and breaking God's heart, when we judge.
Rather than revealing to others God's mercy and kindness through our
words, we are tearing them down and breaking their spirit.

Ironically, the judgmental one who thinks he is keeping the law and
wants to force others to do the same, is the very one who is breaking
the law–breaking the law of love.

Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks–
what is overflowing in your heart?

What can we do to overcome a critical, judgmental heart?

How does love cover a multitude of sin?

[written by K Guy]

ed comment

This one hits home for me.

So often have I judged (or have been judged)–
We reap what we sow, so I can only imagine all the times I felt I was
being judged– that surely I had already acted as such towards that
person or situation to begin with.

Love is being willing to forgive– to pass along the mercy that God
has surely shown us– passing it along to others in turn.
Leaving judgment behind.

Too often we use judgment as a means to deny love– to prove to
ourselves that someone is lesser, and therefore unworthy of Love.

I ask forgiveness to those whom I have judged– and I ask forgivenss
from those whom I haven't shown Love to.

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