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Have you heard the phrase “Don’t judge me?” Often times, its used lightly to make a joke; but I’ve heard it used out of context from the Bible as an excuse to do what one desires. Matthew 7:1: “Judge not, that you be not judged.” The purpose and context of this verse was Jesus calling believers to stray away from having a judge mental spirit like that of the Pharisees. “The Christian is called to show unconditional love, but the Christian is not called to show unconditional approval.”

Do not assume the worst of others. Also, remember that not everyone thinks through the same process and sees do the same length as you. God is saying in Matthew 7:1 with the measure we judge others, that is how we will be judged.

Now, this is most definitely compelling motivation to treat others with respect, kindness, and forgiveness! Thankfully, Christ provided us with the perfect example of this — himself. Keep in mind, this does not mean God will not judge us. We all will face him one day – no matter our beliefs or view of him, and he will examine what we did with our lives.

But this thinking makes people uncomfortable. The thought of accountability and responsibility is difficult and it’s easier not to face it. Instead, this world would rather search for faults in others and broadcast them, crying out the atrocities and whining in response to any reprimand. Do not be the victim — be the advocate

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