Judge Not

image by Georgy

image by Georgy

There are some matters,

not in black and white;

but must come from God,

to know what is right.

Some eat whatever,

their cravings desire;

while others, believe,

those will lead to fire.

We are not to judge,

sisters and brothers;

instead, let us not,

be snares for others.

For we will appear,

before God one day;

on our bended knees,

to hear what He’ll say.

Judge not and be not,

a stumbling block;

love each other well,

and cling to the Rock.

For when we serve God,

let Him be the judge,

peace and joy we’ll find,

heed His gentle nudge.

(Responding to Romans 14:10-18)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You know us so intimately that You are willing to tell us, individually, what is the very best for us, in all circumstances that are not clearly established in Your word.  Thank You that we are not all the same; that You have created us with different strengths, weaknesses, gifts, and obstacles to overcome, so that we may sharpen and grow one another in You.  Forgive us for passing judgment on others, and help us to place that role in Your hands alone.  Teach us to hear from You clearly, and to walk in forgiveness and grace, as we have been forgiven and extended Your ongoing grace so generously.  Lead us to love lavishly, as You so love us.  May the very way we live, lead many unto You and Your amazing grace.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

4 Comments

  1. I appreciate so much that you write “some matters (are) not black and white”–I see a significant amount of gray, but I read other Believers who disagree (and they usually have scripture verses at the ready to back up their view). I read the same Bible, and I’m not arguing with God’s Word at all–but I still see the gray all around me, and accept that it’s God’s place to judge, not mine (no matter what verses I can pick out). God bless you today–love, sis Caddo

  2. This is always such a tricky subject, and I pray that as Believers we all use wisdom. Ultimate judgment is up to the Lord, but that doesn’t mean we stand idly by when we observe our brethren in a circumstance that may be detrimental to their walk with the Lord. (1 Thess 5:14). Too many people use the expression “only God can judge me” to get away with their behavior, and if we’re in a position to lift someone up and out of the darkness (even if it means calling them out-in a loving way) we should be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit!

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