“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

Dallas Willard said good leaders don’t presume, don’t pretend, and don’t push. I want to look at what it means to not presume when we lead. When Jesus taught us not to judge lest we be judged, we often interpret it to mean that we shouldn’t make judgments about others, because if we do, God will make a judgment about us. But perhaps in teaching us not to judge, our Father was trying to spare us the pain of being judged by our friends and neighbors in return.

Wisdom says that if I come down hard on someone without knowing their story and they get wind of it, they are going to come down hard on me. I believe this is why we are seeing so much dissension in the world today. People are quick to speak and quick to jump to conclusions, while those being judged are quick to respond in defense. This is the cycle Dallas Willard was speaking about when he asserted that leaders don’t presume.

Friend, judgment comes from a place of ego and pride, and it’s hurtful to others when you cast a verdict without hearing their story or knowing what they’ve gone through. This is why I encourage you to lead in the same manner as Jesus by being quick to listen and slow to speak. Give people the benefit of a doubt, go easy on them, and allow the Holy Spirit to convict and change their hearts. Your job is to yield to the power of Jesus and be His voice, hands, and feet to those you encounter, always remembering that their story matters!


Help me, Jesus, not to make presumptions about others before knowing their story.


Do you often presume things about people?

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7 Responses

  1. Amen Amen , sehe und höre oft das Wort Macht in Bezug zu dem Schöpfer .
    Kann dies überhaupt die Sprachlich korrekterer Wiedergabe sein ?
    Im engl. gibt es mehrere Wörter für die Kraft nur eines davon gibt sie wirklich wieder alle anderen bedürfen der Kraft .
    Bedeutet nicht Macht letztendlich Gewalt , Missbrauch …. u.s.w. ?
    Hingabe ist nur in der Liebe möglich , alles andere ist an Näherung oder Macht .
    Den Heiligen Geist braucht jeder ja ohne wen und aber , es kann allerdings keiner und es steht auch keinem zu dies zu tun jemanden anderen irgend etwas auf zu erlegen , selbst wen dies das Orbitalste wäre .In dem wir uns selbst hingeben und entfalten können wir eine Anregung ein Wegweiser für andere sein , es Obliegt allerdings immer das Wollen und tun des anderen .
    Erfüllte Tage Euch
    der David Heute

  2. I try not to comment on other people and their lives But there is a singer, her name is Britney Spears.And although I don’t know anything personal about her life and story.But there are some things that don’t appeal to me, such as the lyrics to her songs,Her style of clothing that she wears in the music videos, and her troubles with men, and so forth.I will try not to judge people this time.I hope and pray that the Hour of Power will continue its mission of spreading the good news of Jesus and his healing power to many more around the World.
    To Pastor Bobby Schuller and his beautiful family.Blessings of good health and happiness.To the worshiping community of Shepherd’s Grove at Irvine Presbyterian Church.Brother and Sisterhood Friendship Love and Peace.To the music ministry and their directors.Warm messages of appreciation and thanks for the glorious and uplifting music and singing.As always.I remain a faithful viewer and Happy and Wholesome Student in Jesus Christ.May God bless this beautiful country.The United States of America

  3. don’t have to win, I don’t have to impress, I dont even have to be recognised…I just have to minister… that is my purpose

    IN CHRIST…to share my faith

    For in Him…I  already have recognition…I already have victory…The ONLY victory…


    Warm hugs

  4. I just love to read Bobby Schuler’s devotionals. I read them every day without fail, very enlightening. This is a very good one for the present times. It seems that most people now days judge other people for any reason.
    I feel very sorry for people that look for attention and be photographed wearing clothing that shows their nakedness. Pretty soon everyone will be walking in public naked. So I say to myself. Who am I to judge.

  5. To those we speak to, about those we speak of in any form that isn’t positive or polite is judging. And the one we spoke to, will probably, most likely in return judge us about what we said. So keep it positive. For unbelievers it’s unfortunately the way of the world, a vicious cycle. But for believers it’s an opportunity to be reminded to look beyond our own perceptions and see the other as Jesus does, with Love, Compassion, and Grace. Just as we all have been given! So yes Forgiven, not cursed, not judged! Pay it forward

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