I Love My Soldier: Speak Through Me E-mail Ministry - "Outside Looking In"

Jason was activated 01/31/2005
His deployment ended
and he returned home 05/13/2006
(a very long 15 1/2 months)


Monday, August 22, 2005

Speak Through Me E-mail Ministry - "Outside Looking In"

I wanted to share with everyone one of the many devotionals I have written in the Email Ministry that I started called "Speak Through Me" If you would like to receive this devotional in your email, please email me at lifebackhome@bellsouth.net and type Subscribe in the header.

“Outside looking in”

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Matthew 7:1-2)

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29)

Many times in our lives we are on the outside looking into someone else’s situation. Although we either don’t know or don’t fully understand the circumstances, we may often be quick to come to our own conclusions and cast judgment against them. We may decide that what they are doing is against God’s Will and that they must have taken their focus off of Christ.

However we don’t know the desires of their heart and their motives. Only God does. We haven’t heard their prayers. Only God has. Why are we so quick to come to conclusions over someone else’s decisions in life instead of realizing that maybe their decision was lead by the Holy Spirit and had been a matter of diligent prayer? Yet at times we want to tell people how we think they are making the wrong decisions and we even may try to justify why we feel that way. Hmmm, seems a little cynical to me.

Being critical and casting judgment is a pretty easy and selfish thing to do. However it is much harder to stay in spirit and truth and pray over the person instead of judging them. We must remember that disagreeing is ok, but condemnation is not.

So why are we so quick to judge others:

1. Because it is an area in our lives that we may feel we are always right.
2. Because we can make our own conclusions, we are the judge, we are the jury.
3. Because we like the power judging others gives us.

4. Because judging others makes us look better.

Instead of judging others what should we do:

1. Give people the benefit of the doubt. We should be merciful just as our Father is merciful.
2. We should practice a little self-examination. How can we judge others when there are areas in our own lives that others may not understand or agree with?
3. We must be faithful to the things God has ask us to do in our own lives. If we are judging others, it is a good indication we may not be where God wants us.

Remember when making decisions in your life you can't please everyone!! Don’t let other’s judgment and condemnation stand in your way. Pray diligently and always seek the Lord for guideance and direction in your life.

I want to end this devotional with a fable I once heard.

An old man and his son were bringing a donkey to the market. Passing some people on the way, they hear one remark, “Look at that silly pair—walking when they could be riding comfortably.”

The idea seemed sensible to the old man, so he and the boy mounted the donkey and continued on their way. Soon they passed another group. “Look at that lazy pair,” said a voice, “breaking the back of that poor donkey, tiring him so that no one will buy him.”

The old man slid off, but soon they heard another criticism from a passerby: “What a terrible thing, this old man walking while the boy gets to ride.”

They changed places, but soon heard people whispering, “What a terrible thing, the big strong man riding and making the little boy walk.”

The old man and the boy pondered the situation and finally continued their journey in yet another manner, carrying the donkey on a pole between them. As they crossed the bridge, the donkey broke loose, fell into the river, and drowned.

In His Service,



At 10:16 PM, Anonymous Lisa said...

What a powerful and moving message!!! Sadly enough we are all guilty of judging others to some extent. Then messages like this open our eyes! Thanks Deanne and I hope you have a Great Night


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