Some years ago I had a rather interesting experience with the Lord. It really put me in my place. I had made a judgment of another that I found out was totally incorrect.
This man was a police officer and had gotten saved. He was quit the singer and carried a very strong anointing in his music. He had said or had done something that I just felt was so wrong and I had made a judgment about him. I thought that he should know better. Wow was I wrong on that one. I saw him one day at a local convenience store. As he and I were in the checkout line I had remembered my thoughts toward him. All the sudden it was like I was just a little ant looking up at this giant of a man. In Gods eyes he was a giant. I had to repent and recognize Gods viewpoint instead of my own.
Each one of us are in different spots and levels in the Lord. Just because another Christian is doing something that maybe the Lord had changed us in or had given us grace that we had never done this, does not mean we should have ill feelings towards them. We often tend to forget an important passage in the church.
Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
None of us are perfect. Not one person has no sin. The only part of man that does good and sins not is Jesus in them. Under the anointing we become a giant of a man. Under the flesh none of us do good or sin not. Jesus is the only one that did not sin. He is the only one that does things correctly. In the church, so often, we try to box people in. They must fit the cookie cutter mold or there must be something wrong with them. God never puts us in a mold. He works with each person differently and changes people when and how He chooses. So to say that if a person does this or that, that they are in sin, we are playing god over them, We are judging them or being critical of them. I have walked with the Lord for over 30 years and I have yet to find one that has become perfect. I look for the anointing in a person first and foremost. The Bible says that in our flesh dwells no good thing and that we cannot please God while walking that way. I do not know anyone that does not walk in the flesh at times. Paul said that he died daily. Obviously he was not a perfect man as he was still dying out to self and the flesh. Just look though at what God did through Paul. He wrote a large portion of the New Testament. Do we then discount the New Testament because Paul was imperfect and apparently had struggles also? Heavenís no as it was Jesus via the Holy Spirit that wrote the New Testament through Paul. If God has to wait to find a person that has become sinless and always does good, there would not be much work going on in the body of Christ. Each of us has our faults and failures. None of us are perfect. Our heart may cry out to be changed but God answers man on His time table, not ours. Am I justifying sin then? No I am not in any way. We must remember who is the one that changes us? Who is our deliverer? Just because something does not meet with your approval does not mean that a person is not doing what they are to do or in the center of the will of God. God allows many things in a personsí life I think sometimes so others will learn to not be critical or become judgmental. The Bible says:
John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
Mathew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
When I made the decision in my heart about the man doing or not doing, then I was judging them. God then judged me and I had to repent. Life with the Lord is an ongoing process of change. When we get saved God knows everything that we do and why. He makes choices that maybe we would not. Yet, He is God and who knows best? Next time you see a brother or sister in the Lord or hear about something they do that you feel is wrong, be careful as you may become a little ant looking up at a giant of a person in Gods eyes.