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Hey Sis, Let's talk about Judging Others

" Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. 2But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. 3And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? 4Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long-suffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 5but, after thy hardness and impenitent heart, treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6 who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7to them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life: 8but unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil; of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10but glory, honor, and peace, to every man that worketh good; to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 for there is no respect of persons with God.

12For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law; and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 13(for not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. 14For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) 16in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel." ~ Romans 2:1-16

I wasn't going to post today, but listening to My Sister's Keeper Spiritual Challenge today got me to thinking. Today's challenge was talking about being judgemental and being a hypocrite. It's so easy to get into those trains of thought. Like so so easy. Have you noticed that people will use the Bible as a way to justify their own wrong doing? And they will use the verses about judgement to prove their point. 

It  CLEARLY says that we have no excuse when it comes to being judgemental. When I read that, It was a very hard pill for me to swallow. It makes you rethink a lot of what you may have said to someone else, or what you may have thought of someone else too. It's still not an excuse to do what you KNOW is wrong. It's clearly not.  Real talk, if I see someone doing something wrong, I can point it out, but as far as making a judgement, not my call. 

Whenever I have been in conversation with other Sistahs, they have confided in me things that they have done.  Of course I'm not going to elaborate on those things, but whenever they have told me, I of course am shocked about what I'm hearing. But instead of saying to that Sistah, " Girl you shouldn't do that," I have kept quiet and have just listened. Honestly in my opininon, if a Sistah has gone off the path, or has done somethings that she's not proud of, something had to be terribly wrong in her spirit or she was feeling so beaten down that she didn't care. It's a rough place to be in, but remember that it's only temporary if you let it. You don't have to stay there, you just have to want to get out of there. 

Be a safe space  especially if someone confides in you. Don't judge them, don't make them feel worse. Remember that the Most High will judge you as well. Everyone will get their own judgement, but do you want to be judged on a murder's scale when you haven't committed a murder? Do you want to be judged on a scale of a thief, when you haven't stolen anything? Yes it's THAT serious! It requires a mindset change, but you can do it. 

A lot of things in this walk require a mindset change. It's difficult, but the lasting rewards are definetely worth it. Have a great day my Sistahs! Shabbat Shalom! 

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