Judgmental behaviour: The stamped ticket to Satan’s abode – Part 1
(Galatians 6:1-5) (1)Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. (2)Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (3)For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. (4)But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. (5)For every man shall bear his own burden.
There is something that man is unable to find permanent solution to, even very strong Christians, but which Satan has been using effectively well, to bring God’s children into the destructive road – Judging Others and ignoring his/her own shortcomings. Apparently, when we dwell so much on the fault of others, we most times lose the consciousness of soul winning. While soul winning entails the saving of the souls, already destined to hell fire, the dwelling on the fault of others, brings about condemnation. Then, when we put ourselves in the position of judging people through our attitude, we become hyper-delusional in our self-righteousness. When this happens, we will not see ourselves as sinners, thereby ignorantly covering our sinful lives, which will gladdens the heart of Satan.
Man is unable to find permanent solution to this ungodly behaviour, as said earlier, because to him, others are always wrong, while he is always right. To him, he is the born again Christian, but others are just pitiably destined to hell fire. He sees others at afar, and concludes that, “they are surely not born again,” and condemns them in his heart. In this judgmental behaviour, he glorifies himself too, in the eyes of the crowd and enjoys these earthly accolades, while he loses the consciousness of the ‘little’ sin, embedded in his life. He thinks more of what others are, and the unrighteousness in their lives and equally glory in his own self-righteous pedestal.
The Case of the Proverbial Rich Man and Lazarus
Furthermore, he talks more of how others have continually been wrong and imposing in his words, to make people believe that he is the one that is always speaking righteously. His judgmental attitude tilts toward the proverbial rich man and Lazarus, as said by Jesus Christ in the Bible (Luke 16:19-31). Also, while his judgmental behaviour, equals to the wealth of the rich man, his dwelling on the fault of others, becomes the disdain the rich man had for Lazarus. Just like the rich man, whose wealth has made him to forget his iniquities, the judging of others has equally made man, to lose sight of his own unrighteous behaviour. This, Satan capitalises upon, and ensures that man continues in that, which he knows that, doubtless, it is a ticket to hell fire.
Situations of Judgmental Behaviour
• When we rely on third party’s opinion, in judging others, without making all efforts to get ourselves informed of the truth.
• When we do not see anything good in others.
• When we ascribe our woes to the fault of others.
• When we think that we are the only person, that is capable of handling a matter.
• When we boast about ourselves, to the detriment of the contributions of others.
• When we bring what is referred to as “not in my class/level” in our relationship with fellow Christians.
• When we look down on others.
• When we dwell so much on the fault of others, without having to help them out of their quagmire.
• When we blackmail others, to gain recognition for ourselves.
• When we ensure that we always win every argument.
• When we fail to concede to others.
• When we do not go to people to tell them what they have done wrongly, but keep telling others what those people have done.
• When we manufacture stories, in order to paint others black.
• When we fail to say the truth, which should free others from bondage.
• When we are at loggerheads with almost everyone that we come in contact with.
It is pertinent to say that, when we have these traits in us, we cannot win souls for Christ, but only populating the kingdom of Satan, while at the same time, unconsciously losing our own soul too.
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