over judgment.” James 2:13 (NASV)

God is merciful. He gives forgiveness where there should be condemnation. Shouldn’t we act the same way? Do you remember the story that Jesus told in Matthew chapter eighteen? It goes something like this:

A man owed $50,000 to his boss. His boss was kind enough to forgive him of the debt. The man then went out and found a guy who owed him $5. He strangled the guy because he wouldn’t pay up. When the boss heard the news – He went to man who had owed him $50,000 and said, “Who do you think you are? I forgave you a huge amount. This other fellow only owed you a little bit – yet you would not forgive him. What’s up with that? Is that how you play the game? Don’t give out what you so richly have received? Remember you will be forgiven in the same manner you forgive.”

God has shown us mercy. God has shown us love. God has shown us forgiveness. How should we treat those who are around us? How should be behave?

This past week I read a poem called: “The Wrecking Crew” Let me read it for you now:

I stood on the street of a busy town,
Watching men tearing a building down.

With a ho heave ho and a lusty yell,
They swung a beam and a side wall fell.

I asked the foreman of the crew,
“Are those men as skilled in all they do?”

“Oh, no, no indeed.” The foreman said.
“That’s just Bob and that’s just Fred.”

“Just common laborers are all I need.
To tear a tear down a building – is a simple deed.

They can tear it down in a day or two.
What took a skilled man a year to build – new.

No skill is involved - no skill do they need,
You see - tearing things down is a simple deed."

And then I thought as I went my way.
Just which of these two roles am I trying to play?

Have I walked life’s road with care,
Measuring each deed with a rule and square?

Or am I one of those who roam the town,
Content with the labor of tearing things down?

James tells us:

“Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?” James 4:11-12 (NKJV)

Are you going around judging others? Stop it!