Matthew 7: 1-2 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.” Have you ever felt and experienced judgment from the people close to your heart or from your church or even your husband or boyfriend? Well, it’s easy to say “don’t judge” right? Words are easily spoken if you haven’t been through it yourself. God actually allowed this to happen to me, so that I know what it feels like to be judged. Although I was judged during my youth and in school, this time I was judged by Christian people. This truly hurt me deeply. Remember that I told you that everything I write is through inspiration and guidance from the Holy Spirit and of my own life experiences. If I haven’t been through something, how can I know what it feels like. My life experiences help me relate to other people and it also allows me to grow spiritually and emotionally. The same is true for you. You need to go through things that you don’t actually want to, to overcome your fears and to grow more spiritually and emotionally.
Okay, so during my youth I was constantly judged by my peers in school. As I have mentioned before and I forgave each of them. That was on a teenage level. But more recently, I experienced judgement on an adult level and the worst part of it all is that they were fellow Christians. They judged my character, my ministry and tried to rip every part of me into pieces. They even judged my relationship with God, telling me that I needed to consult others first before actually ministering to someone. They even went so far as to question what God impresses on my heart to share with others. Man, I actually felt so sad and spiritually heartbroken. Have you ever felt this way? Well, let me teach you something. There’s two ways you can handle it. Either you can accept these criticisms, believe in these negative words and give satan the right to bring fear into your life, or you can listen to God and stand on the truth He gave you and know who you are in Christ and cut off all those judgements in the Name of Jesus Christ!Yeah, the second option sounds much more awesome, hey? I’ll recommend option two.

You see, so many people that live for God still live in a world where they feel that they have the power to just say what they want and judge people and criticize whomever they want. Is this really the love of Christ? NO! Jesus is gentle. He will not judge you. He will help you gently, guide you thoroughly and He will speak softly. He will never break you down or send people to judge you. Jesus wants people to treat each other with gentleness and kindness. Yes, people can surely correct you, but there’s a difference between correction and judgement. God also wants you to return this treatment and treat others with love and respect as well. Titus 3:2 “…to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle and to show perfect courtesy towards all people.” This applies to you and the people around you. I have been judged in a harsh way and if you were judged by anyone or being gossiped about, you can have peace, because God will deal with anyone that offended you. Luke 17:2 “It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.”Never let anyone’s opinion distract you! Never allow any offences to rip you apart. Allow God to heal you from all the judgemental words that has broken you down and allow Him to reveal the truth about yourself to you. You will be surprised in how much worthiness and strength God sees in you and how much passion and love God has for you. He sees the best in you. He created you! He implanted your dreams and aspirations in your heart to reach the goals He wants you to achieve. Know who you are in Christ. Build your foundation on Him, so that when the judgements come, you will stand and cover yourself with the shield of faith and fight with the sword of truth. Don’t allow people to tell you who you are and how they think your relationship with God is. Be open for opinions and advice from people that approach you with love and kindness. As soon as words become offensive, judgmental or with the intention to break you down, fight the battle with your armour of God. Here God tells you exactly how to do this:

Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV)

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

So, you need to be strong in the Lord and HIS POWER! Not your own. If anyone judges you, just rely and trust in God. Use the sword which is Gods Word to cut off every word that’s not of God! God will also stand with you! He will never leave you alone! He is the only King that leaves His throne to help His people. He loves you and you are walking an amazing journey with Him and that’s what counts. Don’t ever allow satan to rip you apart, because you are fearfully and wonderfully created. You have the power over satan. Stand firm, no matter how people mock or judge you. You are worthy and you never have to explain your worth to anyone. Just know it and live it!

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