Thousands of things we encounter every day are neither right nor wrong but are simply personal choices, choices that people have a right to make on their own without outside interference.
The devil stays very busy assigning demons to place judgmental, critical thoughts in people’s minds. I can remember when it was entertaining for me to sit in the park or the shopping mall and simply watch all the people go by as I formed a mental opinion of each of them, their clothing, hairstyles, companions and so on.
But the Bible says that it’s wrong to judge people this way. We cannot always prevent ourselves from having opinions, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but the moment we think there’s something wrong with other people because they don’t share our personal preferences, we have a problem with judging others. In these situations, I tell myself, “Joyce, it’s none of your business.”
Don’t let harmful judgments grow in you. Instead, realize that God made everyone different and it’s ok for people to think differently. And when necessary, tell yourself, “This is none of my business.”
Prayer Starter: God, I don’t want to judge or criticize others. When I encounter people who have different opinions and personal preferences than me, please help me to see them through Your eyes and remember that my opinions aren’t more important than theirs.
—from Joyce Meyer’s daily devotional
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