“I have never met a person I could despair of, or lose all hope for, after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God.”
You ever look at someone’s life and think “Wow! They are such a mess!” or “I can’t believe they did that again…”.
Well I definitely used to be that person once upon a time. I was constantly making the same mistakes over and over. I would fall into the same sin repeatedly, knowing it was absolutely no good for me. As soon as I was doing better for myself, I fell harder than the time before.
But here’s the thing. I am no longer that person. I am no longer choosing what I know is only going to hurt me in the end. My life has turned around completely from who I used to be. It was not easy and most of the time something that is best for you usually isn’t. I had my fair share of “backslides” and know that I am not exempt from them to this day. Nobody is. But my point in all of this is that the process you went through to turn your life around will look A LOT different than the person you are currently judging.
Can you imagine if we lost the love of God the moment we messed up? Think about it for a second. Remember the other day when you were judging that mom at the grocery store because she was barely clothed? DONE! Just like that you lost everything God offers. Or how about the time you decided to sulk around all day in a bad mood because you were thinking about how you don’t have all the things that so and so has? Yup, no more love, more forgiveness and no more grace. So can you see how important it is to not look at someones life and judge them? Can you see how by doing that you are taking for granted the mercy, grace and forgiveness that God gives us every day!?
We have no idea what that person is going through. We have no idea if they have been able to experience the love of the Father that we have been so blessed to encounter. We have no idea what their home life is like. And we have absolutely NO RIGHT to stand their and judge them because of what they look like or how many times they have messed up.
My road was a long, hard, struggle. But I made it. Not everyone gets to say that. Not every person trying to turn their life around will make it to the finish line. And most of the time, it’s because people like you and me who sit there saying all these negative things about them instead of encouraging them to keep pushing.
“In a world full of hate, choose to be the love it lacks.”
“Judge not, that you be not judged.” – Matthew 7:1