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get out of the Judge's chair!

James 5:9 ESV
Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.

People don't get it. The whole - chronic pain thing - they don't get it. They are skeptical and critical and judgmental. People. Whoever they may be.

I notice it more now. When someone says in a sarcastic tone "oh, she said she wasn't feeling well again.." or "his ______ must be bothering him today." So quick to condemn that which we do not understand or have not experienced ourselves.

How dare we? Who are we to judge someone else's pain, trials, tolerance, struggles? If you haven't actually been in someone's shoes how can you be so quick to "know it all" ??? You can't. We are all different. We all have different past experiences, chemical makeups, quirks, personalities, brains, souls, purposes.. get my point here? Isn't it better just to be more empathetic and understanding and supportive? Leave the judging to God! He's the only one that sees a person's heart and true intentions! The way WE perceive something is more about US than THEM anyway! And, listen closey now, It's really NOT about YOU! GET OVER YOURSELF already and be more tolerant of people's differences.

There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

We're so afraid of being deceived. So scared of looking naive in case we might be taken advantage of. I'd rather let God be my vindicator than have to rely on myself to keep things "fair." So what if you get shorted this time? Leave it to karma! Besides, you win when you don't let selfish people steal your joy! You get to be happy instead!

And while we're on the topic. Stop judging people for not being in the same place as you at the same time. What feels right to you at the moment is probably a different picture of what used to be right in your world. That doesn't make them wrong. Let people enjoy their own journey in their own present moment. No need to make anyone feel bad for what stage of life they are in.

Just because someone isn't on the same road as you doesn't mean they've taken a wrong turn.



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