So James 4:11 says; ” Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law…” What does this all mean? And how does it apply to you?
Well, this verse is talking about how we tend to judge others. This is something we do quite often whether we know we are doing it or not. It is a huge part of today’s society. We criticize and judge each other by what we do, say and the choices we make everyday. (I have already talked about right judgement in my previous post Judge With Right Judgement if you wanna check out more about that.) But, the point is we judge and critize others. Alot. But later on in James 4:12 it also says: “God alone, Who gave the law, is the judge. He alone have the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?”
To make sense of this, God is the one true judge. Period. He is the one who created this earth and made it’s law. Jesus has declared that we love our neighbour; love others as we love oursleves. By ‘speaking evil’ or judging or critizing someone, you are, according to this scripture, judging and critizing God’s law as well. You are going against it and through your judicial and Critical behaviour, judging it has wrong, even if only for a short while.
This is wrong because god is the one and only judge. He is the only one who has the power to REALLY judge someone. In all honesty, we as humans, have absolutely no right to judge each other. We do not really know all of each others hearts, souls and issues. But God does. He created us. That is why He is the judge of men and not us. For example, on the outside, someone may seem fine and act a certan way that we don’t like. So we will judge them for it. But do you really know what that person goes through? What they have to deal with? What their true feelings are?
Humans are complicated beings. We judge each other AND oursleves. We judge oursleves for doing something wrong. We think we aren’t pretty. We sometimes internally put ourselves down. But we don’t even have the right to do that, because that is still God’s job. And you know what?? We think of God has this perfect, all powerful being, but guess what? He made us in HIS image. The perfect, all powerful God made us in his image. Then aren’t we, to some extent, perfect and powerful in his eyes? And in even then, shouldn’t it be up to the God that created us in his image to judge us? Not oursleves?
I know that it is hard. I know that sometimes we just do it without noticing. But we need to start realizing, that we are brothers and sisters on this earth, (the verse even calls us that), and we need to stick together and support each other, not judge and criticize. We need to become more sensitive and thoughtful about what we say about others. So, think before you say something. Even pray about it! Because, at the end of the day, we would be som much happier, and the world would be a better place if we could all just love each other, to a extent, and respect each other, instead of judging and criticizing one another.
Thanks for reading, hope this makes sense! What will you do this week to be more aware about what you say about others? How will you strive to become more loving, and less judging and critical? I challenge you to do both of those things and lemme know what you plan on doing to change it in the commens below! You may alo feel free to leave any other thoughts, comments or questions you may have as well in the comments.
Hope you enjoyed this little bit of life.