God has dealt with me on being judgmental. In the past year and a half I have been aware of four different persons, whom I know or have met, who have been accused of transgressing legal or moral laws. Yet, each of these people has need of the Savior. I presently have contact with two of these people.
Below is a journal entry where a woman crashes a dinner to honor Jesus.
A woman with a ‘past’—a sinful background—dared to enter a Pharisee’s home during a dinner party the host had planned for Jesus. The woman brought with her a vial of expensive ointment. She broke it open and applied it to His feet. She began to cry, her tears wetting His feet. She knelt down and wiped his feet with her hair.
The host objected, thinking to himself, ”If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”
Jesus pointed out that this woman had honored him while the host had ignored the basic amenities of His role. The host hadn’t provided water for His feet or oil for Jesus’ head. But this woman had anointed His feet with a costly fragrant ointment and cleansed His feet with her tears.
We are to honor Jesus with our hearts, with our words, our deeds, our thoughts, and even our very lives. Sometimes, we slip and fall into the rut of ‘honoring’ Him by lip service. We need to repent of being ‘cultural’ in our thinking. Do we look down on someone just because he or she might have messed up a long time ago? Do we look down on someone because he or she lives differently than we do?
In honoring Jesus, we are to extend grace and mercy to all we meet. We are to remember that God, through Jesus, extended grace and mercy to us who were once sinners and we are to do likewise.
Update on thoughts;
Have I been a victim of judgmentalism? Has my family? I believe so. but I have to give my feelings over to God and let Him deal with those who have passed judgment on me and mine.Each day I learn NOT to be judgmental toward those with whom I come in contact. I am reminded of the adage, "There but for the grace of God,goes me."