13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.
You wouldn't think that passing judgment on someone would become a stumbling block for them, but when you stop and think about what happens after you've judged someone, you might be able to see that you have created walls for them to climb.
Walls like those at Jericho.
When we judge another, we hold them back from their full potential. Whether they know the judgment we've passed or not, we will alter how we interact with them. That change in how we talk to them, act towards them, or tell others about them becomes the first wall they encounter.
The second wall becomes how others treat them based on our actions. We don't have to voice our judgment to anyone, but it will become known by our actions for those are more powerful than words. When we shun someone, exclude them from opportunities that will allow them to grow and blossom, then we become like a invasive weed in their life. A kudzu vine that will spread and choke them.
Finally, the third tallest, thickest, and strongest wall is formed when that person begins to believe what others think of him/her. "Everyone treats me as if I were stupid, so I must be stupid." "Everyone acts like I'm ugly, so I must be ugly." "No one likes me." "I can't do anything right."
What walls have been created around you? What walls have you created?
Extend love. Extend acceptance. Extend a hand of friendship, not the cold shoulder of judgment. Help someone to grow, blossom, and thrive. Lift them up, don't hold them down. Break down walls, don't build them up. Encourage. Inspire. Believe in someone and watch the power that it has in their life.
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
~ 2 Corinthians 5:10 ~