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Wednesday Devotional: No Heaven or Hell to Put You In

James 4:12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

My friend Gabe's grandmother had a saying: "I have no heaven or hell to put you in."

In saying this, Gabe's grandma was indicating that it was not her job to judge others. And she was absolutely right.

Of course, I am using the Biblical idea of judgment. Clearly we need good judgment in life so that we make good decisions. But Biblical judgment pronounces whether someone is going to heaven or to hell - and we ourselves possess no heaven or hell in which to place anyone else. That's the job of the Lawgiver and Judge.

Time and again, the Bible asks, as James did, "Who are you to judge your neighbor?" Jesus told us, "Love your neighbor," not "Judge your neighbor."

What would life look like if we didn't judge others but loved them instead? Could we win them to Christ by showing them love and compassion? Could relationships be maintained instead of destroyed? Would we listen better if we weren't talking so much? Would we be more introspective about our own sin, our own planks in our eyes? What would we focus upon if we weren't judging others?

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