Like water off a duck’s back

“You never do it right.”
“Your priorities are always messed up.”
“You always say the wrong thing!”

How do you respond when people unduly judge and criticize you?

If you’re like a lot of other people (including me), probably not very well!

So I stand in awe of the apostle Paul when he says, “I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself” (1 Corinthians 4:3).

Other people’s judgments and criticisms roll off of him like water off a duck’s back. Even his judgments and criticisms of himself roll off him like water off a duck’s back!

But how?

In verse 4 he gives the answer: “It is the Lord who judges me.”

He knows whose judgment ultimately counts—God’s.

Today I want to tell you that what’s true for Paul is also true for you: When you’re confident that God alone is your judge, you’re more confident that others aren’t.

I think that many of us have a secret fear of somehow losing at life—of being judged as failures by other people. Because of that, we can think too highly of other people’s judgments and criticisms, even when they’re unfounded.

Today, rest securely in the liberating freedom that God alone is judge.

When you’re confident that God alone is your judge, you’re more confident that others aren’t.

By Matthew Ruttan

  • Today’s “Up!” is partly based on my 22-minute Sunday podcast called “Dealing with the judgments of others vs the judgment of God.” You can listen in here.

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