Topic: Others Judging Us
Galatians 1:10 (GNT)
10 Does this sound as if I am trying to win human approval? No indeed! What I want is God’s approval! Am I trying to be popular with people? If I were still trying to do so, I would not be a servant of Christ.
This morning our Bible study was centered around an issue that has been a very large problem in this household, and I suspect many others out there – especially in the world of addictions and mental disorders. This issue is the damaging judgment, criticism, and control by family members and “friends”.
While in our household, we are continually (and purposefully) trying to feed ourselves the Word of God and attempting, by faith, to practice applying what we are learning here and in our daily interaction with people. We, however, have no control over anyone outside of our home and we find ourselves constantly in the bondage of slavery to those people and their outside opinions, even with the understanding that their opinions are false. It has consumed much of our energy, focus, ambitions, attitude and time – when all of those things should be directed at God and taking care of ourselves and others who have pure intentions. We turn our backs to Jesus and our faces to people and their words. I can just see God and Jesus standing there behind us shaking their heads!
I would absolutely like to discuss all of the details, however, that would probably fall into the category of slavery to those people and turn my direction negatively. To keep it general and explain my point, I’m sure a few of you out there may have heard some of the following:
“You don’t need treatment”, “This doesn’t happen in our family”, “Why can’t you be like your sister Jenny?” Or, “Now that treatment is over – you’re fixed”, “Time to kick the dust off and move forward”.
My initial thoughts when I hear things like this is to fire right back with insults and blame. I have to look to God for help with my frustration. We began to reread Paul’s letter to Rome and learn that his overall message was that God is larger than our past and we can (through Christ and mercy) stand before God guiltless! One example (among many) we found was:
Romans 14:1-4 (GNT)
14 Welcome those who are weak in faith, but do not argue with them about their personal opinions. 2 Some people’s faith allows them to eat anything, but the person who is weak in the faith eats only vegetables. 3 The person who will eat anything is not to despise the one who doesn’t; while the one who eats only vegetables is not to pass judgment on the one who will eat anything; for God has accepted that person. 4 Who are you to judge the servants of someone else? It is their own Master who will decide whether they succeed or fail. And they will succeed because the Lord is able to make them succeed.
…And in Chapter 15, verse 5 and 6 – Paul writes “and may God, the source of patience and encouragement, enable you to have the same point of view among yourselves by following the example of Christ Jesus, so that all of you together may praise with one voice the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We wish that others people would have the same understanding as us, but we must not worry about that and keep our focus on Him alone.
19 Remember this, my dear friends! Everyone must be quick to listen, but slow to speak and slow to become angry.
Our verse to “chew on” today is the following and we are going to continue in Galatians tomorrow, Lord willing.
26 If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, and do not stay angry all day.
Have a great day!! Hope this helps someone out there. Feel free to comment.