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Disunity; we bring division between us and the other person/ people we are casting the judgment on.
Pride; if we are saying we can judge other, we are putting ourselves level with God. We are blind to that
plank in our eye and often it is to do with pride in ourselves.
Gossip and assumption; when we judge others, it doesn’t often stop just with us. We can try to ‘justify’ it
and get others on our side. This can lead to gossip, false accusation, critical comments and a deepening
of disunity. Loss of grace; grace and judgment are opposites, like faith and fear, you can’t have both.
What distinguishes Christianity from other religions is grace; amazing, free grace. It is a gift from a
loving Father. Grace – getting what we don’t deserve - goes against all our human reactions and yet it is
there for us. Grace is the opposite of judgmentalism.
What do we do then, when we fi nd ourselves judging others? We need to put down our stones and check
out our own eyes!! We should talk to the person; fi nd out why they do, what they do. We should walk in
humility and extend the hand of grace. Pray for them and walk with them through the struggles. Grace is
available to all of us.
(This article been supplied by DNA – a year out programme for personal discipleship in the context of mission,
serving churches, growing leaders, developing 21st Century disciples).
www.dna-uk.org
releasethelife@dna-uk.org
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