Many times we judge others as a way to gauge our own value.
Some people actually put others down to make them feel better about their own lives.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
– Lk 18:11
But, the Lord is just and will not be influenced by such comparisons.
12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
– Ro 14:12
Some people keep to themselves because they are afraid of being rejected by others and even by God. Feeling inadequate and unworthy before the Lord is understandable, but unnecessary.
13 The LORD is like a father to his children,
tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
14 For he knows how weak we are;
he remembers we are only dust.
– Ps 103:13-14 NLT
God wants you to come to Him.
8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.
… 11 Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you.
– Jas 4:8,11 NLT
Even Paul didn’t trust his own self-evaluation!
3 As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority. I don’t even trust my own judgment on this point. 4 My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide.
– 1Co 4:3-4 NLT
5 So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time–before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.
– 1Co 4:5 NLT
(To be continued)