There is a great feeling deep in our soul when we realize that God is the only one who can judge us. I feel like many people have spent their lives feeling misjudged by others or perhaps we have done the judging. People often feel they were “blessed” with this black robe and gavel to look at others and “decide” who they are and what they represent. I love the correction we get in Matthew 7:3-5 NIV 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Many times the judgment that is passed is actually the ugliness that the judge is harboring about themselves or their own circumstances. We all must ask God to strip us of the black robe and correct the error in our ways.
Soul of an Artist
Oh dear artist you paint me with the wrong brush,
As an evil monster with souls to crush.
Tis the wrong shade of red you blend on my skin
You paint me as angry with no beauty within.
Oh dear artist your brushstrokes are so strong
As you stand there and paint me ever so wrong.
You have painted my shoulders with zero finesse
You have painted my soul as a disheveled mess.
Oh dear artist you know not what you do
You paint with the anger living inside of you.
The eager passion you paint with deep down inside
Is nothing more than a matter of pride.
Oh dear artist there is so much more to me
Beauty within that you cannot see
Love and kindness fill to the brim of this cup
Joy and laughter capable of raising us up.
Oh dear artist set your brush down
Think of yourself with joy and a crown.
Reach deep and find that child like love
The one that makes angels sing from above.
Oh dear artist who do you paint?
Is it me or is it you, a sinner or saint?
May God guide your brush with soft gentle motion
May he bring you comfort through your tear created ocean.
Oh dear artist does your soul feel lighter?
Can you face the world with love and not as a fighter?
Let your cup overflow with joy and with laughter,
For God creates a soul to love ever after.
-Lisa Bracy 2020
Heavenly Father, we come to you today and ask you to forgive us of our sin of judgment. Strip the robe away Lord God and correct us in the moments that we regress. Let us be a light in the world instead of a judge in the lives of others. In Jesus name. Amen.