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God or Man: Who’s The Judge?

“She only has 34 friends on her Facebook account!? Can you believe it?” The so-called popular teen turned back to her friend with a coy smile on her face. Her body language, tone of voice, and smirk that followed further nailed in the implication. The girl in reference was obviously a loser, but a loser in the eyes of whom? A teenage girl’s opinion based upon what she sees on the Internet?

How fair is it for one person to bring judgment on someone else based upon a Social Media Network, appearances, or for any other reason. It is not fair, and God agrees.

In Matthew 7, God speaks in regards to being a hypocrite; judging others on the same behaviors that we ourselves are doing.

“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-5)

God also tells us in James 4 what to do when our desire to partake in idle gossip seems to push aside what our heart is trying to say.

“Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? (James 4:11-12)”

So who am I to judge my neighbor?  Who is this popular girl to judge a classmate of hers?  In God’s eyes, the girls, Facebook friends or not, and myself, and everyone else are seen as the same. We are all sinners. When the Day of Judgment comes, everyone will have to answer to him all of the words that have come out of our mouth, our behaviors that we did to one another, and the way we treated each other. Let our hearts not remain defiled any longer. Instead, let them become pure and clean so that we may follow by Jesus’ example and love one another as Christ has loved us.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way. (Psalm 139:23)

About Renee

Renee
is an author and editor for The Bottom Line Ministries as well as a member of Faith Writers. Currently she teaches high school language arts. She is a mom to four amazing blessings and enjoys every moment life has to offer. Renee has a fervor and drive to learn, she loves to read and spend time with her family, and is involved with her local church ministries. Humbled by God’s gift of words, she has a passion to write what the Holy Spirit has placed in her heart. She hopes to publish her in-progress book someday, but in the meantime, is honored to be placed as part of the TBL writing family and is holding on to the ride wherever God is leading. Renee and her family reside in their country home in Holland, Iowa.

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2 comments

  1. 34 friends on Facebook sounds like a lot to me! What teens don’t realize is that when they isolate another teen socially, they are actually preventing them from developing properly, and that indivudual who hasn’t developed is going to struggle when they try to get a job or upgrade their education.

  2. What is very sad about the ways of this world is that it is the norm for us to allow others to evaluate our worth instead of seeing ourselves through the eyes of God. He treasures us as we are and wants to make us to become as jewels in His crown. We are precious in His sight no matter what we look like or what personality we have. He is our maker and our redeemer so that we can belong to Him who is love in personsonification.
    Oh that we would chose righteous judgments of ourselves by His standards and have our hearts set upon Him.i hope we learn to wise up and learn of Him by reading His word that stands forever.

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