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How many times do you find yourself judging another person? For example you see someone extremely overweight and you judge that person as having no willpower. How do you know what that person has gone through and what extreme willpower they truly have? They may have obstacles in their life that you cannot even imagine and yet you are ready to condemn them. So not only have you become a judge you are also the jury sentencing this person as useless. Why do you think all of the great masters have taught not to be judgmental? Maybe they knew something that you do not.

Look at a teaching by Jesus in which he states, “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.” Think about that for a moment. You are going to be judged equally for every judgment you dish out. This is a spiritual request and you can either follow it or ignore it. The choice is up to you. Just remember eventually all of your judgments will come back to you. This is another version of the law of Karma.

I have been judged many times in my life by others who do not know me, and yet they are ready to pass judgment on my person, thoughts, and spiritual beliefs. One of the lessons I have learned is that the good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow.

The teaching of loving others including your enemies comes into play here. You need to change your way of thinking and start making a different set of rules for yourself. To change your Karma Pray for those you do not love or even like, and especially your enemies, because your prayers are going to bless you as well as them.

We are all different peoples, and we are not perfect. This is why we need help from the Divine Spirit because we are not perfect and we will make mistakes. The Divine Spirit loves us even in our most terrible actions. Now if we can just emulate that think of how much the world would change for the better. Let go of judgment and stop being a jury.

Comments on: "Are You a Judge and the Jury?" (29)

  1. Dear Cherokee:
    Very good post. I agree with your thinking about the subject, it is very true what you say.
    Two weeks ago I was very sore because I spent a few days with people who did not accept that I have beliefs different from theirs. And just for saying “I go to a Catholic Church” I began to see differently. I came back with a lot of pain to my house, it hurt me that they would not accept me for my beliefs. Our love for God should unite not separate. And I have to learn to love them even when they have difficulty accepting.
    Unfortunately we have all ever tried and convicted by the thoughts of others, and marked as different. However, we have also tried once, we have issued harsh and unfair judgments about others. The painful experiences should help us learn not to do the same, not hurt, do not accuse others.
    There is much to be learned and what I should learn. To love means to love our brothers as they are, no matter how different, or they see the world differently. I learned here with your lessons. The differences among men is enriching. Let’s try to accept ourselves as we are, not trying to fit into our molds, patterns that are often incorrect. As you well said:
    We Are Not perfect to judge others.
    I hope in my life not to judge anyone.
    Love.
    Anabella

    • Dear Anabella:
      judgments such as what you experienced cause hurt and suffering. Perhaps this is why Jesus did his best to teach not to judge. Because there’s really only one ultimate judge and we are not God. if everyone could truly walk in the light of pure love our entire world would change. I pray for you to be happy now and always. Many blessings, Cherokee Billie

  2. I try not to judge. I always try to understand people 🙂 If my kids happen to say “Oh he/she is fat” or something like that. I say to them “Well he/she might not be able to help it etc….

    It’s wrong to judge anyone if you don’t really know them.

    Good post……….Susanxxx

    PS My laptop is now behaving itself!!!!!! 😉

    • dear Susan:
      good news about your laptop! You are a good mother to teach your children not to be judgmental. Even if you know someone you really don’t have the right to judge them. What you do have the right to do is love them.
      Many blessings,
      Cherokee Billie

  3. Hi Cherokee Billie I love this post. People are so quick to judge one another it makes me sick from my stomach. Sometimes others judge on our looks, personality, and so on. Everyone on earth is beatiful and God’s work of art. I truely believe this from the bottom of my heart. There is just to many prejudices here on Earth. I wish we could all just build up eachothers self esteem, and let everyone know that each and every individual here is important, and we are all here for a reason. May the great spirit bless us all. We are all special in God’s eyes. I always pray to God and ask him to help me become a better person nobodys perfect we all have our flaws that we need to try to improve, always room for improvement. 🙂
    lisa

    • dear Lisa:
      I love the way you put this post that we are Gods work of art, with that being said how can we judge anything? I know how you feel and agree completely. Thank you so much for your insightful comment.
      Many blessings,
      Cherokee Billie

  4. Hi cherokee,
    What a good post you wrote today. good to have this at everybodies attention again.

    I have had a serious discussion today with my girlfriend. There is a lot of anger and judgment in the family of her husbad. He suffers and has a lot of grief for that. The hardest part is that he and his sister argued before over a lot of things in the past and they both cannot put an end to that. they both cannot say ‘ok, we simply dissagree’. The sister accused him of something based on speculations. This was proven not true so the sister apologized to him. But he was so angry that she falsely had accused him of this that he could not accept any apoligies. So he judged that the apologies she made were not good enough.

    Next quarrel all of that from the past came across again and so now the sister got angry and did not understand why he obviously still did not accept his apologies while she understood she did. So she asked him quite angry what he wanted her to do then and what kind of apologies she had to make that would be good enough. He said I just want you to mean it when you say sorry. She said ‘I meant it, what would you like me to do then, bend my knees or crawl to you or something’? So she judged him now of not being flexible enough and there you go, chaos is complete again. Now they both told eachother they never wanted to see eachother again.

    I listened to the whole story and tried to offer some comfort by helping my girlfriend seeing it from different point of views. The word ‘judging’ came across as well. So I said to her you can dissagree with someone but that is not judging.

    Also there are many people that can hide their moods and their thoughts but at the same time they expect from others that they immediately understand what is going on their head.

    That is what is going on in this family. So I told her that but she didn’t agree (and now she probably judges me for ‘not choosing her side’). She told me that there are several people ‘who should know….’ and ‘who should understand …’
    Well, there you go.

    Interesting that I had this experience today and you posted this subject too.

    Thank you for your wise words.
    Sunshine smile
    Ellen

    • dear Ellen:
      very well put that we can disagree but not be judgmental. I know that you are trying to help your friends the best you can. Remember to pray and ask the archangel Rafael to heal this family. They need all the help they can get. It’s very kind of you to try to help. Thank you for this interesting post.
      Many blessings,
      Cherokee Billie

  5. It is so easy to make assumptions, criticize, and untimately pass judgement. I think that we forget that we are all spiritual beings living in a human body and trying to process what happens to us by using a human brain. We bring all of our emotions and past experiences into situations. We forget about unconditional love and the important concept of open communication. Instead of talking about an issue or a question, it is easier to make assumptions based on the meaning that we assign to someone’s actions or what someone has said. I have been guilty of this throughout my life, but I am consciously working on this and trying not to do so and to become a better person. So many times it is easier just to criticize, pass judgement, and move on than to try and work things out or to understand. Just because you understand, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to agree or justify, but it is important to take the time to investigate before jumping to your assumed conclusions. Lastly, we can’t do this alone because we are human. God is always available for us; we only have to ask and then listen for the answers. Good food for thought article, Cherokee Billie. Thank you for letting me put my two-cents in.

    • dear Anna:
      unconditional love is very hard to live in constantly. We are humans and going to make mistakes. The thing to be aware of is when we are judging because again Jesus spoke about the judgment you give will be given back to you. I think you have done a wonderful job of changing your life around and I commend you for It.
      Many blessings,
      Cherokee Billie

  6. Very good post Cherokee. This is something that I know I am guilty of, no matter how hard I try not to be. For some reason when feeling horrible… seeing someone worse off, makes us feel better. It’s work changing that inside of me…. working on it every day though.

    On a side note, to all… my son is moving to college tomorrow… I am a proud although broken-hearted mother today… but I worry about him so please if you can, please send a prayer out for him. I keep asking God to wrap him in peace and love and take care of him while I cannot.
    Thanks. Love to all.

    • Dear Lori:
      at least you are aware of your thought processes and are working on change. That’s all that matters. Remember to keep your son surrounded in God’s divine white light for protection at all times. Visualize that every morning and every evening and it will help you a lot As well as protecting him. Thank you so much for comment.
      Many blessings,
      Cherokee Billie

  7. Judging others. Not a good thing. All of us have issues that we are not proud of and can be under scrutiny. Sure some individuals out there are so extreme with their negatives that we feel we can judge them due to their negative extremism but we must always focus on the fact that the Divine is the ultimate judge, not us.

    • MaryAnn-
      I am so glad to hear from you– I have been wondering about you and hoping that you were alright. 🙂
      Godspeed,
      N

    • Good to see you also dear Mayra.

      • Hi Mary Ann, I just found and old post of yours that I had typed out at the time when I was looking for something today. I was wondering how you were. What a coincidence that you appeared on here today!
        Good to see you here:)

    • dear Mary Ann:
      it’s good to hear from you again. I keep you in my prayers and I’m glad to hear that you are doing better. Your comment is right on about judgment. Only the divine can truly know what’s in the hearts and souls of people.
      Many blessings,
      Cherokee Billie

  8. lilystardust said:

    This is a timely post – it’s a lesson that returns and returns. I know from my own experiences that I’ve been misjudged repeatedly throughout my life – by family, by friends that didn’t know all the details of what was REALLY going on with me, by bosses – you name it. There were so many times when the only hope I had left wasn’t even that they would stop judging me, or see how wrong they really had been, but that I hoped SOMEDAY, they would get to experience what they did to me, or something very similar, in how they made me feel, so that they could finally understand how hurtful it was. Not exactly revenge, but a wish that they would receive the same in kind in order to change, and maybe think about those they had done it to. It’s so much easier to accuse and blame, or judge, than it is to really imagine you are in someone else’s situation, fully, as that other person is, experiencing what they are. Often times we don’t know how well we would have performed or behaved until we have been in an identical or similar situation, and only then, the light bulb of understanding goes on. We appreciate those that stop to help when we desperately need it; does it remind us of all the times we didn’t stop to help someone else just as in need? That scruffy dirty looking person panhandling by the side of the road with a sign saying “Unemployed”, or “Homeless” could easily have been or become myself a few months ago. There by the grace of God go you or I. There are so many things we don’t know about other people – sometimes even people we think we know very well, or who think they know us. Other people’s secrets and pain may not always be visible. We don’t know what that person has been through that has made them become what we think we see or know about them. There are a lot of walking wounded among us. Even those who judge the most are wounded – they judge the parts of themselves they do not like or accept that they see in others. But the arrogant may become the humble; the rich may become poor; the young will grow old, the powerful may become powerless; those in control may find they have lost control – many things can turn one person’s reality completely upside down and backwards. We can learn from those we once condemned, misjudged. They might even save our life someday – we just don’t know! Some unfortunate person who was down on his luck, scorned, outcast, rejected – badly judged in some way – could be that same person who might rush into a fire to save you or someone else someday. I knew a very obese man at my former job – as I got to know him better, I found out he had bilateral polysystic kidney disease. He was going to die if he didn’t get a kidney transplant within a few years, and he was only in his early 40’s. It seemed very unlikely that he would reach the top of the donor list in time. He had bought his parents a mobile home, and was living with them as his health deteriorated. He had still been working when I knew him, but had later been laid off and was trying to make money off of EBAY to be semi-self employed. He loved really gourmet food, which didn’t help his weight situation, but if you don’t even know how long you have to live, what does it really matter – why not enjoy it as much as possible?! He took me out to dinner once, and I had one of the best meals I can remember. We had plate after plate after plate of raw oysters – something we both loved, and some other special gourmet meal after that, probably desert too (it’s been quite a few years now). The point being, most people would have thought he was just this spectacularly fat man, but had no idea of how much he had helped his family and that he was in effect, dying.

    Anyway, we all have much to learn, myself included. It’s a process I hope I get better at.

    Lily

    • dear Lily:
      as always you bring so much To the blog and I really appreciate everything you have to say Here. I’m glad that this post has hit so many people in a positive way.
      Many blessings,
      Cherokee Billie

  9. This is such a lesson, dear Cherokee! We don’t have the right to judge anybody, because we’re all imperfect, like Lord Jesus said to those who wanted to hurt the unfaithful woman: “the one of you who have never sin, throw the first rock”.

    And the worse is that people judge without even knowing if there is really a sin or not. They’re supposing there is. And most times they’re wrong… Who are we to judge, we’re not better then anyone and we don’t have this authority, only God has..

    Love,
    Mayra

    • dear Mayra:
      I agree people judge without even knowing and no one can know someone’s soul only the divine creator and those are hearts, minds, and souls. I hope that you are feeling much better and I will keep you in my prayers.
      Many blessings,
      Cherokee Billie

  10. So good to read all of your thoughts on this matter. We know deep in our soul that we are not worthy to judge anyone.

  11. Thank you for such a timely posting, Cherokee.
    You just never know what your brother/sister is going through. All we can do is pray for them to be strong through their trials/tribulations and AVOID PASSING JUDGMENT.
    You are right on time with this message.

    Godspeed,
    N

    • I agree N you never know what someone else is going through that is why we cannot judge. I’m glad this message came at a time that you needed it.
      Many blessings,
      Cherokee Billie

      • God bless you dear Cherokee. You are always there to dutifully support others. Thank You.

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