Joke or Judgment?
Is your joke really a judgment? What is the fine line between a joke and a judgment? In my opinion, I would say it is when someone gets hurt at the cost of your laughter. The issue may appear very funny on the surface but in actuality when uncovered it really is not funny at all.
How do you get people to stop judging even after the person has made a desperate cry for help? Sometimes the underlying cause has nothing to do with what your eyes compute to be the problem. There is only one judge and He is the Great I AM!
God’s word says;
10 You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:
“ ‘As surely as I live, ’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.’ ”
12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.
19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Romans 14:10-13, 19 (FB-NIV)
A joke in your mind may be funny at the time but it may be a judgment in another’s mind. I admit, I am then guilty of judging because what I thought seemed to be kind of funny was actually a much more serious issue than I ever thought. Thankfully, by the grace of God my loved one has forgiven me. God is so gracious.
Knowing what I know now makes it quite difficult to watch this loved one walk through this storm that only they can clear up. We don’t always know the reason behind the storm, nor do we really need to; but what we do need is to remember that God makes good of all things for those that love Him! And this person most certainly loves Him. God can and will always use you if you are a willing vessel. You can listen to, and pray for that person throughout the storm, right?
I just read a blog post from Oh So Simple Truth and I recommend that you read, Satan wants you in church…, it is quite powerful. I mention it because the only way I can possibly help this loved one is through prayer and by listening non-judgmentally. Oh, how the enemy hates it when we use prayer to fight him because there is such great power in prayer. Amen!
I close with this, so what may appear to be quite funny could be extremely hurtful to someone else. You just never know exactly what someone else is walking through, do you?
Father, help me to have discernment to others’ issues and help me to be sensitive to their needs. Please Lord, help me to always think before I speak and speak with love through my words as well as in my tone. Remind me of WWJD or in this case WWJS-what would Jesus say! Amen and Amen!!!