J is for Judgment
In the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary judgment is defined as:
1. a : a formal utterance of an authoritative opinion
b : an opinion so pronounced
2 a : a formal decision given by a court
b (1) : an obligation (as a debt) created by the decree of a court
(2) : a certificate evidencing such a decree
3 a capitalized : the final judging of humankind by God
b : a divine sentence or decision; specifically : a calamity held to be sent by God
4 a : the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing
b : an opinion or estimate so formed
5 a : the capacity for judging : discernment
b : the exercise of this capacity
6: a proposition stating something believed or asserted
Looking at this lengthy definition what I want to focus on is the latter part; the process of forming an opinion, and the final judging of humankind.
As human beings we form opinions of others before we know all the facts, we tend to categorize people or actions. It should not happen but it does in all walks of life. At times in churches people are judged by how they dress or how much money they place in the offering plate. Before Jesus Christ was crucified He did not judge, His purpose was to love and save the world showing everyone the way to salvation and eternal life, when He returns it will be a time of judging.
‘And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.’ John 12:47
If Jesus did not come to judge the world, what right do we have to judge?
‘ Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.’ John 5:28-30