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I hear it every once in awhile. The attitude is definitely more and more common. When sin is called…well..sin, the response is often some version of “Don’t judge me!” The argument is pulled from an erroneous idea that we are told not to judge others. The reality is, judgement is appropriate, but only by the standards God ordains.

The world judges by interpreting external factors. God judges based on divine knowledge of your heart. Judgement of others can’t come without intimate knowledge of circumstances, environmental factors, their past and intention. Don’t judge as the world judges, judge as God judges. Get to know and love people before making a judgement regarding their actions. This is done over time, through prayer and based on Godly wisdom and grace.

God’s judgement is sure. God’s judgement is right and just. But God’s judgement is also done with divine knowledge, patience, unconditional love and grace. It is never done to destroy, but to try to bring those sheep he loves into the fold. The father of the prodigal didn’t spend his time judging, he spent it looking down the road.


When we think of meeting God do we do so in fear over what we have done and how we have failed him, ourselves and others? This should not be! Yes, as the psalmist says, we should examine ourselves to be sure there is no unconfessed sin, but meeting God as a believer in Jesus Christ should be a time of celebration for all he has done for us and what we have in store for us in the future! Your sin is washed in the blood! He has thrown them as far as the east is from the west! There. Is. No. Condemnation. NOTHING can separate you from his love. Rejoice in his presence. You are a new creation. The joy of the Lord is your strength!




Matthew quotes some rather sobering words of Jesus in his gospel. Matthew 15:18 states, “But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.”

Those words hit hard for me because my mouth is often my biggest enemy. I think it safe to say that most of the time I’m in trouble it’s not because of my actions, it’s because of my mouth. Jesus’ brother, James offers no help. He points out the dichotomy of both fresh water and bitter water coming from the same well.

Cleaning up our language is treating symptoms, not causes. The root of a foul mouth is a dirty heart. There. I said it. I don’t like it, but from my knowledge of scripture I believe it to be true.

We use God’s name in vain because we fail to see him as he is. We ridicule others because we fail to see them as creations of God. Yep. Even the guy who cut you off. Even the sports official who is totally oblivious to the rules of the game. Even the server at the restaurant that is more interested in their phone than your empty drink glass. We make off-color jokes because our brand of holiness is governed by culture, not the plum line of a Holy God.

The worst part about words unwisely spoken is that you can’t reverse the results. You can be forgiven, but poorly chosen words are like a cancer to the soul. They can lie dormant for years but are always lurking in the memory banks of time.

Holy God, forgive us for the wounds unwise words have caused. Cleanse our hearts so that the words we speak build up where lives have been torn down. Heal the wounds we bear at the tongues of others. Amen

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