Wednesday, 4 August 2010

More thoughts on judging

I am at Castlewellan Holiday Week.  Really enjoying it!   Steve Cave is speaking really well, sticking to simply opening up the Bible and applying it.  Saw Mr. Spence on the opening day, but not since.  Dave Sweeney won the water-slide competition.  I was doing a little more thinking on when we are judging, as opposed to addressing someone legitimately.  I thought of the following:
1. If our words about/to someone are not spoken in love then we are probably being judgemental about them. 
2. If we are not willing to see ourselves simply as a forgiven sinner, ie. if we are not humble, then we are likely to be judgemental.
3. If our assessment of someone relates to man-made rules then we are being judgemental.
4. If our opinion of someone involves speculation, ie. if we are not willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and think that we have figured out their motives, then we are likely to be judgemental.
5. If our concern is not that the person should be spoken to, ie. if you are not trying to be a part of the solution, then we are simply gossiping or judging them. 

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