Judgement has been on my mind lately.
Partly, because I have been the recipient of it and the dispenser of it in my heart.
What I am struggling with is this slight, sly and non-threatening thing called legalism. It creeps it's way in ever so easily. It is the enemy of liberty and steals the joy from each story that God is writing in each life. When we take the liberties we are given as Christians and turn them into law we destroy relationship, which is the vehicle of the gospel. Him glorified is the priority not the method in which he is glorified.
There is definite and clear non negotiable truth but why do we take those areas of choice and turn them into do's and don'ts.
Why do we size up other peoples lives based on our own opinions and convictions (negotiable convictions)?
Why do we act as if God can only be at work when it looks like (fill in the blank)?
In my experience, I have found that those who have suffered much judge little and offer much grace. I know that what I have faced in my own life has made me far less critical of others. We have no idea the work that God is doing in a life or family that looks entirely different then our own.
Is there someone you know who needs grace today? Someone you may differ with in method but not principle. God is glorified when we prefer others over ourselves and our negotiable convictions.