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Matthew 7:1,2 (Pt. 3)  Thought/Prayer:  Others’ Lives.  Topics:  2 at end.

“Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you.”  WEB (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com.)

Maybe this is a scripture not to ponder.  Well, of course, there is no scripture beyond pondering by believer.  But, this one can have ramifications you or I might not care for.  This scripture can be convicting!  “Convicting?  How”?  You say. 

The answer may lie in how you judge.  Are we to never judge?  According to I Corinthians 6, in the matter of grievances among one another, there are times when we should judge one another’s conflicts without going to a secular court.  But this question is more often posed as a personal attitude against someone else:  We take on an attitude of judgment according to something we see in their lives that we deem bad, or unworthy of a Christian – or just unworthy of the human race.

This type of judgment can, of course, come in as many forms as there are relationships between two or more persons.  We may not like the frown on someone’s face (for whatever reason the frown is there) and judge them as mean-spirited or judgmental.  Or the judgment can come as big as a jury trial in which the jury makes a decision we think is totally contrary to all evidence.  We sometimes even judge God!  (Yes, heaven [God] help us when we think He is taking too much time to answer a prayer or to right some wrong we’ve suffered in life.)  Judgment:  So many forms and situations where it comes into play.  Lord, help us to know how to handle judgment.

But perhaps, if it is easy to ignore this scripture as inapplicable to our lives, let us take another look.  We all make judgments about others.  Perhaps our goal in our attitudes should be that only in God-ordained approval should we judge – such as we see in I Cor. 6.  This verse has us as judges to settle things with another Christian.  It does not say to judge a fellow believer about their ministry, their family, their family or friends.  (Of course, if there are problems that detract from a Christian’s witness, then there are guidelines to go to them as a brother or sister in Christ and attempt lovingly to set them on a track of honor to God.)

But when we are on pro-life work and standing tall for created LIFE, judgments may come a bit differently.  How easy is it to think negatively about that young woman who consented to an non-blessed relationship (an affair) and became pregnant and is now sitting before us asking for help?  And how easy is it to feel that it was just a matter of her making a right choice?  It can be difficult.  But, any young woman who comes to a pregnancy crisis center for help may be considered worthy – not because she came to the center – but because God created her uniquely just like he did the baby within her, no matter how that baby got there. 

Lord, help us to carry out our pro-life work in a spirit lacking judgment of another person’s life.  We know we are to tell other Christians certain ways of serving you; but help us to discern our correct attitude when it comes to helping those caught in unplanned pregnancies of an unholy nature.  Help us to be guides into light for these persons and families, not sitting in condemnation of their total existence.  It’s up to You, Lord, on the outcome of these pregnancies.  All we ask is to be in tune with you as to our attitudes toward them.

Topics:  Pray for wisdom when facing others who have made poor decisions in their lives.  Pray for guidance.
Justice for All Pro-LIFE

Posted by Gail Richardson on 05/21 at 06:00 AM
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