No one wants to be wrong. We don’t like to feel shame, or guilt. We don’t like to feel badly about ourselves, or feel inferior to others. We want love, acceptance, and assurance. We want to be valued and made to feel important.

These are basic qualities of the heart that we all share, and these are all issues that come into play judgewhenever someone – anyone – makes a judgment that involves us. If their judgment is favorable to us, it gives a measure of satisfaction to us, meeting or reinforcing some of our deep needs. If the judgment is against us, our reaction is far less positive. Maybe we react with sorrow and apologies. Or maybe we react with anger and blame. It’s painfully simple: we don’t like to be wrong. Maybe even more so, we don’t like to be told we’re wrong. But get this: true judgment of right and wrong has absolutely nothing to do with our feelings. Truth stands above our feelings and needs, not below them. Feelings don’t change the substance of truth.

Jesus’ words of “Judge not” are often quoted, but not always fully considered. This Sunday at Liberty Hill I’ll be sharing Jesus’ commands regarding judgment, and I believe that what He has to say about true judgment is something that will hit home to everyone. Jesus’ teaching was meant to correct and guide, and thousands of years later, His words still have that same edge. Join us at 10:30 AM as we talk about the powerful ideas of Jesus behind “Passing Judgment.”

Grace Received,

Pastor Joe Payne