Bible Verses

“Judge not, that ye be not judged.  For with what judgement ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured unto you.” Matthew 7:1&2

Christian Lesson Overview

It is important to look at how you view other people.  If you are critical of others because of their economic or social status, you are positioning yourself to be judged by the same criteria.  Not only will you draw criticism on yourself, but you will begin to pursue goals of wealth and status instead of striving to accomplish objectives that improve your life and the lives of others.

Observe the good in people and show understanding, not criticism, when they have financial or social challenges.  Promoting behavior that benefits others will improve the quality of life for everyone.  You will discover that you do not need acclaim for power or wealth, and you do not need to have judgmental thoughts about other people.  You will experience joy in your life by supporting other people, not judging them.  You will receive plenty of support when you understand of other people’s challenges and strive to help rather than judge.

Christian Lesson for Today

Working to not judge other people is a lesson I learned early in life.  That lesson improved my life and the lives of people around me many times.  An example of a critical time in my life was when I was in college.  I played football on a scholarship to earn my way.  The Vietnam War was active, and I was drafted.  The Marine Corps had a program where I could finish my undergraduate degree, play football to earn my scholarship, and then go active duty in the Marine Corps if I successfully completed officer candidate school that last two six-week sessions over two summers.  It was important to me to graduate successfully from officer training. 

I learned while playing college football that working to get acknowledged by others was not a way to help myself and others.  I focused on trying to help the other officer candidates.  I was stronger in some of the academic classes, so I was able to help the other candidates in those areas. 

When there were opportunities to make myself stand out, I found ways to include other candidates.  It did not take long for many candidates to feel comfortable around me.  When I looked back after completing the training and becoming a commissioned officer, I realized that the other candidates helped me as much I helped them.  If I had judged other candidates early to make myself look good, I probably would not have successfully completed the officer training.

Christian Lesson Summary

Do not judge others, help them.  If your objectives in life are to have a full life and contribute to others, you will not have to accumulate a lot of wealth or power to be happy and feel good about yourself. 

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.

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