Judgy eyes – #1Word5voices

Have you ever had someone give you those judgy eyes? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, see my adorable 7 year old’s impression.

 Sometimes all it takes is a sideways look from someone to set off our judgemental alarms.

“She thinks I’m not good enough!”

“He isn’t working hard enough.”

If you’ve ever caught someone tossing you a sideways glance of judgement and it sent you into a spiral of insecurity, you know exactly what I mean.

There’s a passage in the Gospels where Jesus is teaching in a synagogue when the ceiling starts to cave in. A bunch of guys start digging through the roof to lower their paralyzed buddy for Jesus to heal. As Jesus is gearing up to heal the guy, and because he’s thoroughly impressed with everybody’s faith, He says, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” The Bible jocks in the room get all judgy eyed about this and Jesus catches it.

I’ve always assumed that the following statement was something that happened because Jesus is God in human form.

“Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?”

But I think that, while I do believe that Jesus literally knew what they were thinking, He probably saw their judgy eyes and deducted from that what was going through their heads.

Can you relate to Jesus in this?

We react to someone having a judgmental spirit because it is one of the things we hate about ourselves.  No one likes being judged, yet we do it all of the time. Why is that?

This story, which is one of my favorites with Jesus starring in it, resonates with me because I feel like this kind of situation happens all of the time with people who are trying to do good in the world. Jesus is simply trying to honor their faith, heal this poor guy, and demonstrate the power of God’s kingdom. But these judgemental dorks throw some attitude around.

If you are reading this and you are experiencing judgement from someone because you are trying to make a difference in the name of Jesus, KEEP GOING. Take encouragement from Christ, who went on His merry way and healed the guy regardless of what those hypocrites thought.

[Don’t forget, Jesus forgave the paralyzed man’s sins while He was at it, too!  I love that because it’s almost a divine jab at the spirit of judgement.]

In the name of Jesus, forget about any judgy eyes throwing shade your way and keep going.


ACheck out what my friends are writing about during our crazy Lent experiment we talked each other into doing. Shawn, Lindz, Bones, or Steph.


About Brian Swanson

Christ follower. Screw up. Stained with grace. Ruined by Jesus.
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