A rough…

                                                 … diamond!

We are so quick to judge others
… by what we presume their characters to be
based on what we can see or hear,
… when all we truly know is what is on the outside.

      If you have ever seen a un-cut diamond
      … you will know that what you see
      is NOT the true value or character of that stone.

When God looks at us what does He see?
Not a worthless looking un-cut diamond (that we see),
… but a sparkling jewel that only needs polishing.

What is the difference?

      Unless we look for value in others,
      … all we see are their faults and weaknesses,
      and therefore we judge by the negative we see.

      When God looks at us He only sees the positive,
      … the value and potential in us,
      not judging our faults or weaknesses
      … but highlighting our strengths, potential and value!

Start looking past what is wrong,
… past what you see on the outside,
… by looking for the pure that is on the inside.
As you start highlighting that hidden value,
… not only will it cover, but even dispel what is wrong,
by building on and developing what is good, what is pure!

      And above all things have fervent love for one another,
      for ‘love will cover a multitude of sins.’
      1 Peter 4 8

 

Judge not …

                                                       … pray!

      Judge not…
      … for if you judge what there is,
      … or judge what is happening,
      you get sucked into the problem!

      But …
      In any or every situation
      … pray!

Take every thought and every picture captive,
… bringing them under His Lordship,
… bringing them under the Word of God!

      casting down arguments and every high thing
      that exalts itself against the knowledge of God,
      bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
      2 Corinthians 10 5

Then …
Pray for what there should be,
… what the Word of God says,
… that God’s will and purposes be done.
For …
That will lift you above the situation,
… to that place where God’s Word is the standard,
and where what you say
… is what there should be,
… is what you want,
and is the answer to the situation!

      Judge not, that you be not judged.
      For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged;
      and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
      Matthew 7 1-2

 

Stop…

                          … justifying yourself!

 
So often we feel pressurized
… when asked what we are doing,
and even more often when asked to do something,
that we may not want to answer or want to do.
And, as often, we find ourselves feeling obliged to respond,
yet not being able or free to say … NO!

      Instead of being open and honest,
      … or courageous enough to say what we really want or desire,
      we start justifying ourselves with some reason why,
      … which most of the time is simply a lie!

STOP justifying yourself!

No one has the right to demand of you,
… or to expect you to do what they have decided or want.
You have a (free) choice – so use it!
It is time to be honest with yourself,
… to feel and be free to stand by your choice
and the way you see and do things in your life.

Jesus said …
      But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’
      For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
      Matt 5:37

You do not have to justify your decisions or answers,
… it is your choice and your right.
Start being sure in yourself and in your decisions and actions!

And …
      if someone else does not want to respect
      … your freedom and your privacy,
      smile and walk away.

 

To Judge

                                      … or not to judge!

 
As quick and as easily
… as we are to judge others,
we think that God is the same
… and that He is out to judge us.

      We all need to be judged,
      … or rather our decisions and actions should be judged.
      However God’s desire is not to be our judge,
      … but that we should judge ourselves.

In fact the Bible plainly states …

      For if we would judge ourselves,
      we would not be judged.
      1 Cor 11:31

Why does God not want to be our judge?

      God is LOVE
      Love does not judge others,
      … love is selfless and love reaches out to others.
      That is the freedom and strength of love,
      … and is what frees us to love!

So how does God intend to deal with judgement?

Jesus took our judgement on Himself,
… enabling us to be freed from sin.

      for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
      1 Peter 4:8

      Therefore, all we need do is to judge ourselves,
      … according to the judgement He bore,
      which frees us from all judgement,
      … because His love sets us free.

 

So Easy …

                                                … to judge!
life

It is so easy to judge,
… we do it all the time.
In fact, after the deed is done,
… it is easy to judge someone,
… for their decision or their action!

      The reality of judgement is that the one judging is saying,
      … ‘I would have decided or done differently!’
      A thought or statement that is mostly NOT right,
      because what you are judging and saying NOW,
      … is based on what has already happened!

There is therefore absolutely NO proof at all,
… that you would have decided or acted differently!

      So what do you do when someone
      … either said or did something that hurt or affected you?
      LOVE!
      Reach out to the one who wronged you,
      … not by accepting what they have done,
      but in the understanding that,
      … you most probably would have done the same.

Loving and reaching out to the one who wronged you,
… is not half as easy as judging them!
BUT, love and understanding
helps them and heals their wounds,
whilst judgement only serves to condemn you!

      Judge not, that you be not judged.
      Matt 7:1

      Give, and it will be given to you: …
      For with the same measure that you use,
      it will be measured back to you.
      Luke 6:38

 

How do you see…

                                                   … YOU?
life

How do you see you?
and do you like what you see?

Now these may seem strange questions,
… but are they?

      We are often so quick to judge others,
      … their actions, their words and their expectations.
      And more often than not without any viable foundation!
      Not only that,
      but we also judge God for what is wrong,
      … for not matching our picture of who He should be!

      Why?
      Well, how do you see yourself?
      Do you have a GOOD image of yourself?
      Do you like what you see in yourself and in others,
      or are you constantly judging yourself or judging others?

If you don’t have a good image of yourself,
… and don’t see yourself as able and as valuable in yourself,
you will not see the good in others
… and you will not have a good image of God!

      God created us in His image and likeness,
      … but it is not up to Him to live that image in us,
      it is up to us to see ourselves as He sees us, as precious,
      … and to respond to that image He has of us,
      by starting to believe and live who He created us to be!

      Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image,
      according to Our likeness; let them have dominion …”
      Then God blessed them, and God said to them,
      “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it;”
      Genesis 1:26-28