judge not

January 20, 2009 at 4:51 pm 2 comments

I have a person in my life who is standing in judgment. And, even though I know she’s got no grounds for judgement, and I am NOT guilt-laden, I am, nonetheless FURIOUS! And, therefore I’m in my own little self-made prison of fury. I am about to go off the deep end trying to keep from screaming at her for being SUCH a self-righteous, judgmental so-n-so! Anyway, I found a really great article on the website of one of my favorite teachers. And I am including it in this post. I know there are underlying reasons for why people act NUTS. (If anyone knows why I act nuts, please feel free to comment! ha!) I understand that everyone’s got there little idiosyncrasies. Right? Sure! But, I’ve about had it with being judged.

So, while I try to forgive the infinitely endless “seventy times seven” times, I think I’ll also drop to me knees and pray that God will take all the people with a screw loose and send ‘em to an island far, far away so that I don’t get whip-lash from all this turning the other cheek I’m having to do everyday! Argh! Is that wrong? MERCY!

I’m NOT very merciful in the first place. (YES, I know that.) And I know, too, that all of you out there in the self-appointed cyber support/accountability group would ping me and let me know if I didn’t admit on my own that I’m virtually merciless.
But, now Y’ALL! When somebody starts wagging their finger at me in judgment, the mercury on my mercy meter bursts through the top like lava from a volcano. Scripture about removing logs from your own eye before you try and take the splinter out of mine come rushing to mind.

I’ve said before that in 2008, I really began to catch hold of the concept of not letting things GET TO ME as much as I have in years past. But apparently I’m not yet so skilled at this as I would like to become! It’s harder when you’re not just fighting thoughts, and taking thoughts captive into the mind of Christ. It’s much more difficult when it’s actual people whose constant barrage of infantile behavior is what you’re having to battle day in, day out! And yes, I get that it’s not PEOPLE with whom we battle. It’s darkness in the spiritual realm with which we truly are grappling. (And, half my readers just said, “Woooo, too weird for me to keep reading.” (I don’t care. I’m on a roll now.) And, since I’m on the subject, let me do my annual plug for Frank Peretti’s book, THIS PRESENT DARKNESS. God will open your eyes through this book if you’ll let Him. Ohhh! And! As evidence, may I just say that my cordless keyboard started malfunctioning when I began this paragraph. Yes! That’s right. That ain’t no co-inky-dink. That oughta make you wanna read the book I just plugged EVEN MORE.

Be sure to read this autobiographical text excerpt written by Joyce Meyer. I’m sure everyone’s either been in her shoes or encountered someone who mimicked this behavior. Maybe both?!

By: Joyce Meyer
“Although I appeared to function normally in society, I had multiple inward problems and complicated personality disorders.” (For those of you who aren’t familiar with this ministry leader, Joyce had these problems due to various types of abuse she endured from childhood until she was a young adult.) “There were several things going on in me at the time that prevented me from receiving and experiencing the righteousness, peace and joy of God’s kingdom (see Romans 14:17). But Jesus came so that we could have and enjoy kingdom living.

I was bitter about my past and had a chip on my shoulder, which caused me to have the attitude that everyone owed me preferential treatment. I was full of self-pity, especially if things didn’t go my way. I was controlling, manipulative, fearful, insecure and harsh. I was just plain hard to get along with and often downright obnoxious. I was judgmental, suspicious and very negative. I experienced a lot of guilt and condemnation. I had a shame-based nature; therefore, everything I attempted was poisoned. Since I didn’t like who I was, I spent many years trying to be like someone else. I’m sure you get the picture—I was quite a mess!” … I thought everyone else had a problem and that if they would change, I would be happy.”

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. cjr  |  January 21, 2009 at 10:39 am

    So sorry that you are having to deal with this “person”. Hopefully this “person” will be transported to that island far, far away very soon! Hang in there!
    cjr

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  • 2. Leigh Ann Sullivan  |  January 21, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Wowsers 🙂

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