Is the trial you are walking through, directly related to something you have spoken in judgment over someone else? Could your own words have opened the legal door for your current bondage?
We teach on unforgiveness and judgment all the time, and in one of our recent seminars I had a young woman stop me on her way out and say, “I just realized that when I judge someone, I end up walking through the exact same trial.
Matthew 7:2 states: “In the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (NIV)
Her comments reminded me of a client complaining of suicidal thoughts that seemed to “come out of nowhere”. She was in the middle of a tumultuous break up and had actually been saying she wished her ex-boyfriend would kill himself. In the following weeks, her judgmental words boomeranged right back at her with suicidal thoughts. She was judged with the same measure she used!
Another example of this was a client who called her boss a slob and continued in that judgment until she was suddenly injured and unable to clean her own home. Once she walked through breaking the word curses of judgment spoken over her boss, asking God to forgive her, and releasing that judgment the injury that kept her in bed for two months cleared up in two days. She came in the following week for her appointment, fresh off the tennis courts!
I frequently teach on a similar trial that happened to me when I was younger. A co-worker called me ugly and hurt my feelings. I eventually forgave what he said about me, but I continued to speak badly about the way he treated others. My words of judgment opened the door to my trial.
One day, in the midst of judging him, a piece of mascara fell into my eye and tore my eyelid. This kept me in my one inch thick glasses with no eye makeup for three weeks. With my eyes swollen and running I was suffering the trial. Once I realized the root of the trial, I asked for forgiveness and verbally dropped the judgment against my co-worker. My eye quickly healed and I was restored.
The bottom line is this: the critical finger you point at others will boomerang back at you! Words have power. Not only will that person you are word cursing have a difficult time breaking out from under what you are speaking over them, but you are now in the adjoining jail cell suffering right along with them. Judgment can become a jail cell for two.
So, as you are dragging your adversary to court, as it states in Luke 12:58, try very hard to reconcile that judgment on the way, or you will indeed be before the judge, then turned over to the officer, and thrown into prison. Is that a place where anyone would want to be?
Does this put light on any struggles you have not gotten the victory over? Do you have words of judgment locking you in jail with tormentors of anger, depression, fear, or illness? We would love to hear from you!