"Our Law does not judge a man unless it first hears from him and knows what he is doing, does it?" - John 7:51 NASB
Something I heard last week at conference resonated with me. Without looking at my notes to see exactly what the speaker's topic was, I remember that she was talking about some of the core values she held. She said she had her own "Fairness Doctrine". I thought to myself "So do I! Now I know what to call it." :) Perhaps I hold this "doctrine" because my mom always wanted to make sure that my brother and I always got equal amounts of Christmas presents. Who knows. Whatever the reason, this value even followed me into my career in Corporate America where my subordinates always knew me as fair, even though I was sometimes had high expectations for performance.
As with anything, there are different levels to fairness. It is one thing to expect or exact fairness in the workplace with respect to performance reviews, yet another in our personal lives. Being "fair" in our personal lives get complicated, doesnt it? It is not uncommon for us to judge another person based on a particular behavior, filtered through the eyes of our own sucesses, failures or attitudes. That's why we need to take special care in rendering decisions about someone before we know all of the facts.
The bible speaks often of passing judgment on others. The tricky part in "judging" is not in assessing whether an action is wrong in and of itself, but in assessing motive. It is not something to be taken lightly or to be done without extensive due diligence into the heart of the matter. Even then, we are at our own risk, and probably shouldn't engage in the process at all because truthfully, only God can really know true motives.
I'm glad that God sees inside to the deepest recesses of my heart. He can be my judge and He can correct me through His Word as it enters my mind and I ask Him to change me on a daily basis. I trust in His gentle correction and I am thankful for it. How will you let God's Word change you today?
Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.