For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
I Corinthians 11:31 NKJV
Dear beloved brothers and sisters,
I know that many of us carry deep wounds and scars from the judgments of others. We fear being exposed for our weaknesses and shortcomings, and so we cling to the defense, "Don't judge me," or "Only God can judge me."
As 1 Corinthians 11:32 reminds us, “But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.” Let us not hate or excommunicate those who point out our sins, but rather see their correction as a sign of God's love and concern for us.
But I want you to know that there is a better way. A way of healing, growth, and transformation. A way that begins with self-examination and personal accountability.
In 1 Corinthians 11:31, it says, "For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged." This means that by honestly looking at our own lives, acknowledging our faults, and seeking to become better versions of ourselves, we can avoid the judgments of others and the pain that comes with them.
I know this process can be scary and painful. It requires us to be vulnerable and honest with ourselves. But I also know that it is worth it. When we judge ourselves, we open ourselves up to the grace, mercy, and love of God, who longs to see us grow and thrive.
So let us not be afraid to judge ourselves, my dear friends. Let us approach this process with humility, compassion, and a desire for healing and transformation. And let us extend that same grace, mercy, and compassion to others, recognizing that they too are on a journey of growth and self-improvement.
Let us always remember that God is a loving and merciful God, who desires our salvation and growth. If we fail to judge ourselves and God uses other people to point out our sins, let us respond with a spirit of humility and gratitude.
May the Holy Spirit guide us as we examine ourselves and may we experience deep healing and transformation.
Servant of Christ