“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 your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank 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.”-Matthew 7:1-5
At one time, I went to a group that was exclusively for Christians, both male and female.
The group was a lot of fun and we did some cool things together, but mostly what we did was talk. We talked about pretty much everything you could ever think of, but there was once a conversation that I think about more often than anything else we discussed: our annoyance with other Christians.
Someone said that she had often heard her mother say the quote “I would much rather laugh with sinners than cry with saints.” I think a lot of us could relate to what she was saying, but then it hit me. I was a saint. All of us in that room were “saints” aka believers in Christ. We were annoyed with people who were just like us.
It was a hard pill to swallow once I let it really sink in.
I despise being friends with people who claim to be all about Jesus and make your own lifestyle sound like you will be headed straight to hell. The ones who cannot go a second without mentioning Christianity and have snide, quick remarks. They make me feel uncomfortable and annoyed.
“You took a bite to eat before praying over your food?”
“Why haven’t you been at church?”
“What do you mean you’ve had sex before marriage?”
“Well, I don’t listen to secular music because it does not honor God.”
“Um, I would never do something like that. It’s a total disgrace.”
For the longest time, I tried to just tell myself that these people were just trying to lead me down a road that would bring me closer to Christ. Ya know, tough love or something. But I have started to realize that tough love shouldn’t make you feel like you are unworthy of God’s love just because you sin differently.
More than anything, it bothered me to know that people who are non-Christians see and hear people saying these things. & then we ask them to believe in Jesus and say how He lives in our hearts yet we are downright mean and judgmental to others and claim it to be out of our love for Him…
We (myself definitely included) must change.
We must put our pride aside in order for His true love to shine through us.
Let’s change this world to want to hang out with those saints more. We can be fun and full of the Truth at the same time; without making others feel like God hates them because they sin differently.