Today’s devotion looks at James 4:11-12 NLT. The title is a “Warning against judging each other”.
Verse 11 of this short section 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. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you”.
Judging and criticising each other is not what God wants for us. Our job is to mind our own business, be obedient and do the work God has called us to do. We should also build each other up and encourage each other.
When I judge others I am not only going against what God says, but I am doing it my limited vantage point. Rarely do I know what is fully going on in others lives. Only God knows that.
Jesus touched on judging others in Matthew 7:1-5. Verse 1-2 says, “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged”.
Jesus went on to say in Matthew 7 that we often have a plank in our own eye and we judge the speck in others. Jesus reminds us that we often miss our own faults and easily see the “faults” in others.
James 4:12 of the passage today puts it plainly. “God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?”
Dear God, I pray that when I am tempted to judge others or criticise them, that You will remind me that is not what You want me to do. I am sorry for the times I have wrongly judged others or criticised them. Please forgive me. Please help me to focus on You and the work You have for me to do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.