a question i like to ask myself when faced with what i deem a difficult time is “what’s your measuring stick?”
when opinions or reactions are had, what are they being measured against? what makes something great vs horrible? frustrating or calming? i may look at a situation as infuriating but to another it’s a laugh. or a life changing circumstance for one, may not have the same effect on someone else.
what is good or bad is really left up to our own interpretation, our own perspective, our own situation.
so instead of trying to measure against a world that is undoubtedly lost, here’s a stick we can measure all things against: God is good! (and His love endures forever) does anything else even matter?
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:5
You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees. Psalm 119:68
when someone deems themselves fit to judge you, consider the source and remember only One opinion matters! perhaps the worst kind of ignorance is someone who thinks they know your situation even though they haven’t walked a day in your shoes.
don’t let anyone, other than The One, dictate your worth!
Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:17
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30
judging others on what you think is the whole story or what you believe happened is a huge pitfall. you can never know exactly what someone else is experiencing. please be careful of your actions, you may never know the hurt you cause because you assume something to be true!
i’m so glad God has the final say!
To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue. Proverbs 16:1
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4
we have excuses for everything, don’t we? especially when we are wronged or hurt by others. our initial, human response is to return to them “what they’ve got coming!”
in a word … don’t!
there is no excuse that makes us qualified to judge the situation. we have the perfect example of a Man, in His own right, who could have fought back, but didn’t!
He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.
1 Peter 2:23
No Matter How You Slice It
… have you ever looked at your face in a magnifying mirror? wow!, they certainly do reflect it all! more than we want to see sometimes. every hair, blemish and imperfection. things we are able to turn a blind eye to because we think others can’t see. things we don’t want to deal with because typically we can’t see them or wish weren’t there. but who are we kidding? the reflection doesn’t lie.
instead of picking up the magnifying glass to view others (see 3/17/15 entry) how about taking a look at ourself in the magnifying mirror? asking God to reveal that which needs attention in our own lives.
Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. (Matthew 7:5 NLT)
Create in me a pure heart, God, and make my spirit right again. (Psalms 51:10 NCV)
when we judge others, typically we judge them for things we do ourselves. I once read Joyce Meyer describe it like this “we look at ourselves through rose-colored glasses, but we look at everyone else through a magnifying glass.”
we should not makes excuses for our actions yet speak ill of someone else who does the same. bottom line… we should “not concern ourselves with what is wrong with others when we have so much wrong with ourselves.” …
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. (Romans 2:1 NIV)
You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:5 NIV)
if you know me at all or have read some of my posts, you may know I have a huge issue with labels. mainly because along with labels comes judgement, something I believe we have no right to impose. we each have our opinion, I understand that, but to give your opinion just because you have one doesn’t make it appropriate. in Christ we have all been made clean and it’s up to ourselves as to whether we accept it or not. don’t tell me or anyone else what my heart has accepted… that’s between the Maker and His created!
The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” (Acts 10:15 NIV)
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28 NIV)
“sticks and stones may break my bones, but names can never hurt me”: who in the world came up with that nonsense?
as I glance at social media, labels are prevalent, implicitly. not on purpose (well, most of it anyway). much of it is just a product of our upbringing and/or environment. the references to others that are less because they look different or act different are astounding. God’s creations that are less because of an opinion the writer thinks is true, can hurt to the core. ok, even if these opinions were true, what gives us the right to voice them? seriously, I’d love it if our opinions were saved only for when they were asked of us!
When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7 NIV)
Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. (James 3:10 NIV)