Meditation on James 3:13-4:12

It’s Hard Not To Judge, Paper Cutout, Phillip Schwartz


Do not speak evil against one another, brothers and sisters. Whoever speaks evil against another or judges another, speaks evil against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. So who, then, are you to judge your neighbor?


How can we witness evil and not judge the perpetrator of that evil? Don’t we just get into semantics if we say that we judge the sin and not the sinner? I’ve been subjected to the, hate the sin and not the sinner line often enough to know that it doesn’t make me feel any less hated or any less judged. I’d like to think that I’m not judgmental, but unfortunately it’s not true. I try hard not to judge, but I fail often.

Phillip Schwartz


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