TODAY IS STOP JUDGING ME
This old adage has been highly hurled for many, many, many years. According to the Hebrew definition and English definition they both mean the same. Judge in Hebrew is “shafat” which means govern, rule. According to the Merriam Webster it means the same “govern, rule.” Clearly when folk are speaking about your behavior (whether it’s fact or fiction) it’s not judgment, considering God is the only govern/rule that has established judgment for his creation.
This adage has definitely been at the forefront of many conversations,, and clarity is most needed as of right now. Therefore I'll wholeheartedly accept this rite of passage as an opportunity to expel the many lies that are involved in this adage. For goodness sake, I've heard "STOP JUDGING ME" so many times that it now goes in one ear and out the next.
For that reason alone, I went to the source of all judgment (God), and as always He taken me on a quick reflection of my own once ignorance, before I accepted him as my Lord Savior. Certainly at one point in my life I've hurled “STOP JUDGING ME” in the midst of my own tailspin of sin (missing God). If we sincerely desire an answer from God about anything, we shall expect to receive an answer according to our spiritual intellect, never according to our human intellect. However it can always be cross referenced with His spoken word (The Bible). As you read this blog, please remember that God has already judged evil from good, therefore folk aren’t judging you the law of God is.
Indeed, I’ve been highly criticized as being “Ms. Perfect- always judging others,” You think your better,” and the list could go on, and on. The things I have been accused of our just ridiculous, however folk weren’t judging me they were gossiping (fact or fiction), or down right speculating about me. The point is I have been accused of being the judge in reference to many folks own judgment. Hold up wait a minute! If I’m going to take responsibility for my judgment (behaviors), then very well I will not allow other folk to place their judgments about themselves onto me.
Just in case your one of those people that hurls “STOP JUDGING ME” I’m asking of you to take a moment, step back, and inventory your own behaviors. If God said your behavior was good then how could anyone judge it? If God said it was evil then how could anyone judge it? From my own life experiences, and many observations I find that our lifestyle judges us. Admittedly I have some flaws in my behaviors, still yet, I know the difference between Gods judgment, and what other folk say about me according to that judgment. I thank God all the time, for extending to me his grace that helps me to accept his judgment (righteousness) in many areas of behavior.
For that reason alone, I find it utterly impossible to hurl "STOP JUDGING ME" when I display evil behaviors. I have countless testimonies, in which my sisters, or brothers (followers of Christ) have brought into question my behavior, and not once did I hurl "STOP JUDGING ME." "Love must be honest and true. Hate what is evil. Hold on to what is good." (Romans 12:10).
The question to ask is “Did I always happily accept what they were saying?” “No, not right away. However as soon as I started to communicate with God through prayer/reading (Bible) my spirit bear witness that I was out of order (judgment), which in turn brought about repentance. If only we would understand that our own evil behaviors create our own judgment.
By that I mean, if I were a person that denoted “I was better than everyone else.” The word of God has already judged me on that behavior, considering the pyramid of “I’m better than you” is an evil spirit (pride) which has been in the world long before I ever arrived here, and has always been judged as evil (an opposing force of what is good.) Get the point!
What I’ve found to be true is when folk are speaking about other folk lifestyle to other folk their not judging them, their gossiping (facts or fictions) which is their own judgment of their own behavior. For example, if you invite me to your home, and your husband arrives home with bad news, and immediately you start cursing him, then you say "excuse me girl, but I’m ticked off right now.” As soon as I get in my car, I call my friends, and tell them what just happened. Isn't this gossiping, regardless of it being fact. As gossip goes, sooner than later that person hears about it, and post it on face-book in this manner “Some folk act as though they so perfect, they done cursed folk out before, what they need to do is STOP JUDGING ME!” “The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” (Matthew 12:37).
Let’s ponder this scripture for a moment. Now ask yourself “was I judging her on her own behavior, or did her behavior judge her?” Indisputable gossiping about her was my own judgment according to my own behavior. Do you see the difference now? This woman behavior judged her (cursing her husband in the presence of me) demonstrates her disregard for her mate, and proves that she will curse me as well. And since I am just as miserable internally as she is I advantaged my own behavior (judgment) to gossip. “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.” (Matthew 12:35).
Let’s switch gears for a moment, let’s say I left her house, and decided that I wasn’t going to visit with her again, because her behavior didn’t sit well with me, would I be judging her? No, her own behavior has already judged her, and by choice I have decided that I wasn’t going to be partaker of her damaging behavior. “A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad.” (Matthew 12:33).
I believe that in order for folk to understand, and appreciate judgment (it can be highly appreciated) clarity about one’s own bias/ judgments must first be recognized. This brings to mind Tupac Shakur saying “Only God can judge me, That which does not kill me can only make me stronger. I don't see why everybody feel as though that they gotta tell me how to live my life.” These words are so pure, and secure that if the masses could recognize the simplicity of them they could rise above many levels of internal-torcher that judgment of self brings about.
Please get this, Tupac was speaking phenomenal words of truth concerning who God was over all human beings (Judge). And Gods judgment proves to us who’s behavior is good or evil. Whether you like or not our God has already set the standards on the judgment of what is good and evil. And our lifestyle judges that every single time we display behavior.
Wonderfully as God is to never confuse us, his judgment allows no room for “in the middle.” In so many words you’re either evil or good. “I know you aren’t cold or hot. I wish you were either one or the other!” But you are lukewarm. You aren’t hot or cold. So I am going to spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:15-16). This scripture tells me that there is no middle in Gods judgment; therefore it shouldn’t be any middle for his children. “Do not be joined to unbelievers. What do right and wrong have in common? Can light and darkness be friends? How can Christ and Satan agree? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? (2 Corinthians 6:17). “We must all stand in front of Christ to be judged. We will be judged for the good things and the bad things we do while we are in our bodies. Then each of us will receive what we are supposed to get.” (2 Corinthians 5:10).
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