Free from Judgement
There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants. ~John 3:18-21~
Are you surrounded by judgmental people, who point out your flaws despite their own? Do you want to be free from judgment and condemnation? According to John’s Gospel, if you are a follower of Christ and seek to live in His light, then you are already free from all judgment. But if you choose to live in darkness, and do not accept God’s gift of salvation, then you have already been judged by your own actions.
This resounds with me because of the struggle I have with the guilt and shame of past sins, and being seen as hypocritical in the eyes of those around me. But God is beginning to break through the shame and comfort my soul with the assurance that He truly has forgiven me, and, in fact, forgave me long before I even existed! It’s quite surreal, really.
So, who am I to pass judgment on any other man or woman? I am no greater or more holy than any other human being on earth just because I am forgiven and free from judgment. Christ teaches that we must first remove the “plank” from our own eye before we even think about pointing out the “speck” that is in someone else’s. In reality, it is the recognition of the plank in my eye that gives me the opportunity to talk to that person about how God removes all planks and specks and we can be free of guilt and shame. Focus on your plank, ask God to remove it, and pray that he gives you the reassurance that you do not need to live in the shadow of sin, but that you can proclaim Christ’s love by living in the light.