|Do you ever judge others?|
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For the same judgement with which ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured ot you again.
I admit that I struggle with judgemental thoughts about other people sometimes. In my secret heart of hearts, I notice flaws of others sometimes and put them down in my mind, or I judge their actions, and assume that they did it with a bad intention.
We all know it's wrong! Wes try not to do it, but at times, the thought slip out. We try to confess it right away, but sometimes it festers, especially if it's someone that's hasn't been so nice to us.
The commandment of Jesus to not judge others is one of the hardest of his commandments to follow. We, as women, especially, find lots of ways to judge other women: their clothes, their body, their house, their personality, their job, their job. Let's be real -- it happens a lot.
I love how God introduces to Noah in Genesis 5. Notice he says nothing about what he does for a living, or how he looks. He just simply says, "he found grace in the eyes of the LORD," and he was "just" and "perfect in his generations."
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
We can really see that God puts importance on different things than we do. When was the last time you introduced your new friend as someone who "finds grace in the sight of the LORD." When was the last time you praised God for someone in the church for being "just?"
It seems like as humans, we tend to focus on all kind of stuff about each other, but forget the most important thing of all: what God looks at. He looks at our heart, and our walk with him. Everything else is just not that important.