I have to say that there seems a strong propensity to judge others. I see it in some others, though not to say it is absent in me. What is strange about this is the reaction by us who are judged. We then in turn judge the ones who judge us. Again, not to say we being judged never judge others. It just seems some are quite judgmental, not unlike Pharisees during Jesus’ time.
Grace accepts people right where they’re at. Nor does it imagine that it has some sort of discernment that simply writes someone off. Discernment through grace accepts people to help them. Not condemn, or mark them as condemned.
What about those who have judged us? How do we respond? Do we by God’s grace in Jesus forgive them? And do we live out that forgiveness over time, even when they continue to judge us?
This is difficult. They need repentance in grace themselves, as well as we. But our place is to show them love. Maybe appropriately challenging them in love, especially in how we live. Trying to be sure there’s nothing offensive in us must be first priority. We can only begin to see the speck in our brother/sister’s eye, if the plank is removed from our own eye.
Only as we work through the difficulties can there be the kind of community in Jesus that makes a difference in this world. It is in and by community through God’s grace in Jesus, first and foremost, that the world will see the reality that God in love sent Jesus. They need to see the difference that this cross love makes. That they might see and believe, and enter into this grace which accepts, in and through Jesus.