Everybody feels entitled and justified to pass reckless judgements. Sometimes with the intention of hurting others, or without even realizing it. The thing is we all naturally form judgments in our minds based on our perceptions, assumptions, and according to what we believe and what we think we know to be true.
We may find ourselves judging someone’s lifestyle, someone’s flaws, someone’s life choices, someone’s success or failures, the list could go on and on, when actually it shouldn’t. You see it all the time online, everyone is quick to form harsh opinions based on assumptions and personal opinions – lacking facts and, quite frankly, celebrating when others fall short.
Sometimes people judge and criticize others because of their own insecurities, it makes them feel good when they see others fail.
JUDGING OTHERS IS A CHOICE
When we judge others it speaks more of our character than it does of the person we judge. Judging others is a choice, it’s not something that we are forced to do. It’s something that we feed by entertaining it, and falling prey to acting out on it. Going against judgmental traits means we need to let love lead in our thoughts, in our hearts, in our words and in our actions. We need to ask ourselves if what we are thinking and saying is motivated by love or by insecurity.
Anyone can find the dirt in someone. Be the one who finds the gold in others.
MORE LOVE – LESS JUDGEMENT
- The next time you catch yourself judging others, stop and ask yourself if you would like the same judgmental treatment being acted out towards you.
- The next time you catch yourself judging others, try putting yourself in their shoes and try to empathize with them instead.
- The next time you catch yourself judging others, pray for them and encourage them.
The world has enough critics out there, why not be an encourager and a believer of people. People make mistakes. Sometimes we forget that and we place people on pedestals. Then when they fail at things, or do something that disappoints us, we act shocked and often condemn them and their actions, when it’s not our place to judge them.
After all, we are all human, we all make mistakes, we all have flaws, and we all fall short. Thank goodness that God is a forgiving God. His love covers and cleanses every sin. Why not start today by letting Gods love lead you in the way you think, speak and behave.