I have learned to think on what is true. When I focus on God’s truth, there is peace. When I focus on God’s truth my heart and mind are guarded. This is how I test what I hear from others. If it brings about hurt (not conviction) or doubt, I turn to God’s word, HIS Truth and I allow Him to speak to me. Only God knows my heart. Only God knows the hearts of those around me. It is not my place to make a judgment call based on what I see or hear. Though I may not agree, I do not know the battles they face or the hurt they have experienced. I do know that God loves them and I am called to love them as well. I cannot love with God’s love if I love with a judgmental spirit or attitude.
I fully suspect I will receive some unhappy emails or comments after this posting, but you know what, it needs to be said. It needs to be addressed. Judgmental people, both friends and family, have hurt me. Judgmental people have hurt my very close friends. People I love and care about have walked away from church because of judgmental church people. I stated earlier that we as believers are to hold each other accountable. That accountability extends to every sin, not just the ones that we consider “bad.” Every sin, whether great or small (in our opinion), nailed Jesus to the cross.