We all have a tendency to compare ourselves with others at times but this can really give the enemy a foothold, and we should avoid this kind of thinking as much as possible.
For example, instead of comparing jobs, salaries, possessions or clothes, we should view others as God’s creation, with their own hopes, dreams, failures and successes. No one is perfect and we all have different background’s but we all have one thing in common : God breathed life into us. Yes they are indeed our brothers and sisters on this planet.
Now you may say “what if they are rich or powerful in the social world” “how am I supposed to view them then”? Well if that is the case we need to pray for them to realize where their success really comes from instead of seething in envy or brewing in anger; or maybe you just can’t stop thinking about those particular people in your neighborhood that always seem to be so lucky and never seem to have any problems. Well, first of all we do not know the intimate details of others lives. Everything may look great on the surface but everyone experiences hardships to one degree or another. That is why the Bible says that temptation is common to man.
So how do we become nonjudgmental in this life? Well, we need to pray for God to strengthen us day by day through his wonderful Holy Spirit. The Bible says that the world will know that we are God’s disciples by the love that we show people. We are to be peacemakers and possess minds that think on that which is holy, pure and of good report (phil. 4:8). You may say that is far easier said then done and you are right, it can only be accomplished through the empowerment of the Holy Ghost. But rest assured if you ask him and trust him he will supply the strength to love others and ourselves in this life. The real key is in learning to depend on God to guide you and strengthen you in this life.
The next time you feel like judging someone, say calmly to yourself. God help me to think like Jesus in this world, and he will do just that. It may take some time to change stubborn habits that’s why we are instructed to renew our minds with the word of God (Bible). It is a daily walk with God. Trust him my friends, he is your very best friend now and always. God bless you!
By Gordon E. Dawe