Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Imprisonment Due To Judgement

I am on week 2 of the 4 week series Pastor Chris Lockemy is preaching on forgiveness. If you'd like to watch the message it's been loaded on their YouTube channel.

If you have not already read my blog - Imprisonment Due To Hurt, I recommend you start there and then come back and read this one.

The scripture PC (Pastor Chris) keep referring back to is Matthew 18:21-35

Door #2 was revealed as the door of Judgement

Breaking Down The Text  

Matthew 7:1-6 says "do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. why do you look at the speck of sawdust in you brother's eye and pay no attention to the plan in your own eye? How can you say to you brother, 'let me take the speck out of your eye'. when all the time there is a plan in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces."

When I read the bible I like to break the text down. I go line by line and interpret what I think the text is saying. The thing that has been the most difficult for me while reading the bible is that everyone seems to have a different perception on what the text says. For YEARS I struggled because of this. It's best to pray and ask God for clarity before you dive into any portion of the bible, so that you may interpret the words exactly how he intends you to.

Jesus is talking to his disciples.
1.  Don't judge others, it will cause judgment upon you.
2. The extent of judgement you allow to happen in your own life will be placed upon you.
3. You cannot judge someone else when you too fall short in this life.
4. It is not our place to judge others, we need to focus on ourselves.
5. We are all human and we all fall short because of sin and temptation.
6. Jesus uses the dog and pig as a representation of those who ridicule, and reject the gospel. We are responsible to share the good news of Jesus, but we are not responsible for that person to accept the news. Just as pigs don't appreciate pearls, some people don't appreciate the message we have given about Jesus.

Verse 6 is a tough one to interpret. Jesus goes from judgment, to specks of saw dust, planks, dogs, pigs, and pearls. But what I take out of these 6 verses is that its not my place to judge the condition of someone's heart. Although I should never live in shame and silence about the gospel, I don't need to force it into the hearts of people who don't want it. If I focus on myself, and my own faith and relationship with God, it will speak for itself.

Effects on Judgement

1. Judgement invites judgement
2. Judgement blinds you to the bigger picture.
3. Judgement is a mirror showing you problems you have within yourself.

Self Awareness is being able to slow down and interpret the emotions that you're feeling. Asking yourself questions like; Why am I wanting to judge them? Why is what is happening stirring up judgement in me? etc.

"We judge others not on their failure but through the lens of our own insecurities" - PC

Judgement occurs when we decide someone isn't deserving of being treated as a human. You may catch yourself saying " You're nothing but a fill in the blank". We are not called to judge one another, we are called to give grace to one another.


Judgement & Boundaries

I do believe in boundaries. The place where I end and someone else begins. But Christ is within me the entire time. From start to finish. There are times where I have to address things to people who cross a boundary, or cause me to feel confusion about who my God is. I am not a spiritual warrior, I am new in my walk with God. I share my story and the inner parts of my heart because I struggle. I'm fueled by hope that my honesty, and vulnerability may help lead someone else's life to the hands of Jesus. I have sadly judged the hearts of many who were apart of my life. I judged the condition of there heart because what they said, or what they did that made me feel unworthy. I can recount the many times I dismissed someone due to their actions that made me feel as if I didn't have my own voice. Like how I felt didn't matter. I decided that's how they felt. I never slowed down the conversation, and allowed my truth in Christ to sustain me.

Now don't get me wrong. I am a true believer that sometimes the best way for me to Love someone is from a distance. I can pray for them, want the best for them, and still care deeply for them. If someone is continuously tempting me to do things that go against my beliefs, or leads me away from my relationship with God. The only judgement I need to make is within myself. It shows me that I need to practice self awareness, get in the word of God, and PRAY.

There is a proper way to show love, and concern for another person. This can be biblical "judgement". This is after a relationship is establish, and where trust and love is the foundation. This is through prayer, and it's not impulsive, or prideful.


5 CURES to a judgmental Heart

1. Love God-  Its hard to be in love with Jesus, and judgement someone He is in love with.
2. Feed Sheep- There's more work to be done. Stop wasting your energy on judging the people around you, and start putting that energy into building God's kingdom.
3. Give Grace to Others- We are all called to give grace to others. (1 Colossians 3.) Instead of judging someone's motive, cut them some slack and be patient.
4. Follow Jesus- Stay in your own lane. Don't wander off. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, and love them anyway.
5. Accept Grace Yourself- Start by getting some unconditional love in you. Remember what you have been forgiven for.

As always shoot me a DM on Instagram and let me know what you took away from this. Pastor Chris's messages on unforgiveness have been life changing for me. I am so grateful, and I hope that it is helping you as well.



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