Judging Hinders the Flow of Love
What keeps people from fulfilling the law of love that is exemplified by Jesus and laid out in the Scriptures (Matt. 22:39-40; Rom 13:8,10 Gal 5:14)? Is it because judging and condemning and sentencing people to hell makes people feel spiritually superior? Do people get a sense of worth from detracting worth from others, because they do not believe the way we do?
Why do people self position position themselves to judge others rather than position themselves to love others. Our judgments are so natural to us we do notice them and often assume we are righteous for passing judgment! Because of this we overlook the fact that our judgments are hindering the flow of our love, keeping us spiritually immature and preventing us from seeing and living in the truth God created us to live in.
We fail to abide in love because we choose to live from our knowledge of good and evil. This is why the Bible depicts the origin of our separation from God as eating form the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, which was in the middle of the garden (Gen 3:1-9).
We have failed to understand that people's sinning is not what religion deems to be evil nor is the solution for sin to become good people...evil is our trying to get life from what we perceive to know is good or evil. Evilness is placing ourselves in the position of God and divide the the good and bad between what we judge to be good and what we judge to be evil. And this judgment is the primary thing that keeps us from understanding God's Grace and love and loving people like he loves people.
Because grace is not understood, religionist think their job as believers is to embrace a moral code of conduct like the Law, live by it, and thus to be good people in contrast to all those who are evil sinners by not keeping the Law. In fact, God’s goal for us is much more profound and much more beautiful than merely being good: it is to have an intimate relationship with God so we can love as He loves. God’s goal for us is to discover a relationship with Him and thereby a relationship with ourselves and others that returns us to a state where we don’t live by our knowledge of good and evil.
Living in grace and love, are we still to detect good and evil? Of course. Living in grace and love in no way implies moral relativism. But we are not to derive any worth from our detection of good and evil. Nor are we to draw conclusions about people on the basis of what we think is good and evil. We are to derive worth from God alone and to love without judgment and without conditions on the basis of the unsurpassable fullness we get from God. Our responsibility is to love, not judge.
If we believe that everyone is made in the image of God...then everyone is worthy of dignity, love, basic human rights and hearing biblical truth.
We are to show mercy, forgiveness and love...not judgement and condemnation.