the most unpleasant place — ever!
The most unpleasant place ever is the place where a person’s doing 99% of something right, yet the 1% done wrong keeps them from 100% of what they deserve. How does this happen?
In Matthew 7:1-2, Jesus, speaking to His disciples, says, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.” Wow! A little judgement can have a big impact.
This past Sunday, I shared this idea in full at City Church in Dayton, Ohio, where I pastor. It's been my experience that someone can do a lot, if not the majority, of things in their life right, yet compromise everything because they could not get their thoughts right or keep their mouth shut when it comes to those around them.
what's the deal?
Looking at the text, it appears that in being created to be like and represent God, we can unintentionally forfeit God’s grace and mercy in our life by holding others to a measure of grace and mercy that’s not of God, and therefore misrepresents Him.
What should we do? James, Jesus' half brother, advises, “So speak and act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty.” In other words, hold others to the standard God held you to, or to whatever measure or standard you want Him to hold you to moving forward. Believe it or not, this is not referring to Judgement Day as much as daily judging, meaning grace and mercy is something we need everyday and therefore should not be forfeited.
In closing, James says, “Judgement is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
what's the point?
Don’t compromise God’s grace or mercy in your life by holding someone else to a standard God hasn’t held you to. Where to begin? Start simple. Judgementalism often begins with our thoughts before manifesting through our mouth.
Choosing mercy over judgement will help us close that 1% gap that has been keeping us from 100% of what God has for us, moving us to a much more pleasant place.