Where’s your stone?

“….Let any of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone…” John 8:7

So, I polled a couple of people and asked what I should write about next. My husband was no help! 😉  Another family member gave me a good topic {I’ll write about it soon!} but one of my friends gave me this topic…..”Why we feel the need to judge others”

I asked her what she meant specifically, and what she shared really made me think. Why do we feel like it’s our place to judge each other’s sins and mistakes??????? This topic came at such a perfect time, and I’ll tell you why…..

Tonight was the night that I serve in the prison ministry. {See: “I went to jail tonight”} I left ON FIRE tonight. One of the girls that I have grown to love is going to court next Monday to see if she gets to go home! I met her about 7 months ago. It was her first day in jail and she was NOT happy about seeing these “church ladies” come in. However, she did choose to come out of her room and sit at the table….but she didn’t smile or make eye contact the whole time. She didn’t speak or anything. But for some reason, God put a soft spot on my heart for her. I made it a point each Monday to love on her. I started calling her Sunshine because she wore a yellow jumpsuit. But not only that, she started smiling 🙂 Her smile each week was such a ray of sunshine to me! She has opened up only to me over the past 7 months, and God has created a unique friendship. Tonight she asked what church I went to and if she could meet me there when she gets out of jail. Um…..ABSOLUTELY! I am so excited about what God has in store for her….and for our God-ordained-nonjudgemental friendship! I don’t know why she’s in jail, nor do I care. I don’t really even know what all the jumpsuit colors mean. Nor. Do. I. Care. Their identity is not found in the colors of their jumpsuits. It is found in who Christ says they are. Which is….

Loved.

Redeemed.

Forgiven.

Beautiful.

So…..why are we so quick to judge? Is the lie you told today any different than the porn your neighbor looked at last night? No. Is the gossip you spoke any different than the crack your sister-n-law smoked? No. Is the way you envy your friends’ stuff any different than the way a homeless man steals stuff? No.

“For whoever keeps the entire law, yet fails in one point, is guilty of breaking it all.” James 2:10

Yes, different sins have different consequences….but in God’s eyes, they’re all the same. So, what does that mean? DON’T JUDGE OTHERS, UNLESS YOU’RE WILLING TO JUDGE YOURSELF!

“Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye?” Matthew 7:3

We all mess up. “For ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”  Romans 3:23 We mess up in different ways. Our mess ups have different consequences. But y’all….we’re in this #reallife together. And as children of God, we’re called to love and encourage and help each other along the way! Stop judging and start loving!

“Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged. For with the judgement you use, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1-2

Goodnight, friends!

 

 

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