“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1-2
When we spend our days looking at others with critical eyes, we find ourselves more in a laboratory than in a relationship. We move apart in opposite directions. But when we begin to respect and affirm others as husbands and wives made in the image of God.
The implications are obvious for marriage. People who live closely with one another are bound to chip away at each other’s rough edges. We become experts in analysis and faultfinding, but we don’t gain much by that besides divisiveness and pain.
Jesus’ warning not to judge others doesn’t mean we should be blind to the faults of our mates. But it reminds us to be caring more than critical, compassionate more than judgmental. Just as Christ lavishes grace upon us, we can extend loving grace to each other, rejoicing as we together as we grow beautiful in each other’s eyes.
Be Strong. Act Like Men.