God will be as hard on you as you are on others! He will treat you exactly as you treat them" (v.2).
A critical attitude can hinder your walk with your God and distract you from God's purposes for your life.
Why Do We Judge?
We judge because of our own selfish interests. For example, we sometimes become critical when comparing ourselves to those around us. We try to find fault in others to prove that we are smarter, better looking, happier or wealthier. But these are selfish reasons. We simply want to feel better about ourselves. We also get critical when others fail to do what we ask, or do not do what we think is right. Often, it is a family member, friend or co-worker who fails to meet our expectations. Our expectations lead to a judgmental attitude.
Even our own frustrations can lead to a critical attitude. If life is not turning out the way we desire, we hide our own frustrations by finding fault with others.
Finding fault and being critical are some of the easiest things to do. They seem to come naturally to us. But Jesus told us not to judge "lest you be judged" (Matt. 7:1, NASB).
Jesus then explained why a judgmental attitude is so dangerous: "God will be as hard on you as you are on others! He will treat you exactly as you treat them" (v.2).
When we judge, we invite judgment upon ourselves.
By judging others, we hide our own hypocrisy. For example, when the religious leaders brought a woman to Jesus who had been caught in sexual sin, they wanted to kill her. But Jesus responded, "If any of you have never sinned, then go ahead and throw the first stone at her" (John 8:7). Nobody threw one.
We need help and it's not a terrible thing to admit it at all. There is nothing wrong in admitting to God that we need help running our lives, help to make the kind of choices that serve our highest good, help understand the heart ache and the mess, help in developing the gifts that God himself bestowed upon us, help healing physically, mentally and emotionally. We receive gods grace in many shapes and forms - friendships, family, partners, work, community and even in the wild amongst our furry little animal neighbors. The point is that it's ok to ask and it's ok let go and let God takeover, admitting that is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of spiritual maturity. We are weak unless we find our strength and our courage in God, and the sooner we face that fact, the better.
So many people have position, wealth, and power and still feel empty because they do not posses what really matters—good surrounding relationships, clear connection with God, peace, joy, contentment, compassion, honesty, satisfaction, good health and the ability to enjoy their life and truly be happy free from attachment. Not everything that appears well is well, of we don't start from within we will always be without, if you are doing your best and trying your hardest to make things work and cultivate inner success but find that you are always failing or falling short - the problem is not you - the problem is you have not sought the right person for help - pray more worry less, the best kind of relationship to have is the one we create with our God. ~Will "Story" Rivera
You wake up and what is first thought - is it God, is it thank you, is of the one you love, is of worry or finances, maybe your first thought is a curse at the day, maybe it's peace and gratitude, try to imagine what your day would like if you woke up to the glory of God, how different your mindset would be if only you offered to be of service to others, if you asked to do what was needed of you rather than what was wanted by you, imagine how much light would fill you up if you only casted your worries aside and replaced every ounce of them with Faith, your life - your choices, the clearer your mind and heart, the clearer your guidance is; imagine if. ~Will "Story" Rivera