Do Not Judge

This week I’m featuring three art prints I created around a specific bible verse. The verse addresses one of the things I struggle with on a daily basis. There are people in each of our lives that we really don’t enjoy being around, but because of family marriages, these people have become part of our lives. I look at it as a growth opportunity when I finally realized that “yes” I do judge people on the things they say or do. If I take a step back, who am I to be the judge and rule on everything. I’m not talking about differences in opinions, I feel blessed to have been raised to listen to different viewpoints and take them into consideration when I formulate my own opinions. I’m talking about people who lie to your loved ones, talk against them behind their backs and act like they don’t to that persons face. It took me awhile, but these types of situations are out of my control and often the impacted person does know how that person behaves and has to “rise above it” because of others that they love and respect. With that said, I have this bible verse on a few of my art prints which I am sharing today. The first two are quotes using the New International Version of the bible and the third one is from The Message.

Do Not Judge Others, But Forgive Others

I created the original art print using a subtle watercolor painting technique of a rose bud just opening up. This technique uses subtle brush strokes and soft colors creating a casual look. I thought this verse (Luke 6:37) was a perfect fit as an overlay.

Take The High Road

In this second print, I used  a slightly abstract watercolor technique. This technique creates defined lines that compliment a traditional watercolor look. Again, I thought this verse was a perfect fit.

Judge Not

This third print has an interpretation of the same bible verse from The Message on an art print I created using a gothic oil technique of a girl in a crowd.


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48 thoughts on “Do Not Judge

  1. Darlene

    I have always loved this quote and really like the last version. A more modern spin on it. They are all very good. I know what you mean, sometimes I really have to be careful not to judge.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      It’s an easy trap to fall into and hard to stop if you’re not paying attention to it. That’s why I really like this verse….keeps it in the forefront! The last one is a true modern interpretation and pulls it right into focus!! Thanks for stopping by Darlene and for your feedback!! Have a great week!!

  2. D. Wallace Peach

    A great passage, Kirt. It’s hard not to judge when someone is being mean-spirited, especially to someone we love. Good for you for contemplating the meaning of that in your life. I love the first image, though your work is always beautiful. 🙂

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Diana….it’s a “growth” experience for sure especially in the situation you described. Thanks for the feedback and for stopping by!! Have a great week!! We’re in San Diego all week for a nieces wedding!! Staying on the beach….welcome change from where we live in LA!! (Actually very close to where we raised our girls, so sort of like a homecoming!!) Have a great week!!

  3. Writing to Freedom

    I agree with Diana on all accounts. I love your images and desire to rise above judgment. It’s hard, especially when they are doing things that hurt people we care about. But I’ve also learned that judgment and anger of others always hurts me too, so I try to be kind or avoid conflict.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      The tactic I have taken for years Brad was to avoid that type of person so I didn’t have the issue of judging, etc. That said, when it’s in your face most of the time. I did have one of my girls say recently ” What did you always say Dad? Take the high road!” It came full circle; ouch!!:)

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Teagan…I hadn’t seen the modern translation before either, but spells it out in simple terms!! Thanks for the feedback and for stopping by!! Much appreciated!!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you very much Kamal! Your comment is exactly the reason for the verses…who are we to judge when we are not perfect. Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great week!!

  4. Canuck Carl

    Such powerful words of Jesus, Kirt. Sometimes I will jump over to the Message translation in my sermon prep. The verse from Luke 6:37 from the Message is so descriptive and understandable. I can’t recall any of your paintings of humans. But wow, your 3rd painting is extremely realistic! So amazing! 🎨😀

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Carl!! I really appreciate your input, it means a lot to me!! When I saw the Message version it really made it clear in an almost blunt way!! Thanks for the comment on the 3rd painting. I used one of my daughters for it!! Again, thanks for the feedback and for stopping by!! Have a great weekend!!

  5. gillmorris

    I love the first image (love them all really). it is very hard not too judge and, like you said, who are we to judge. The third quote reminds me of something …… whatever not very nice things that someone says or does, it’s really a reflection of them, not you (or the person it’s being directed at. I hope you are well. 🙂

  6. Americaoncoffee

    Well stated and creatively composed Kirt. Emotions are colorful. Heavenly tones overshadow earthly tones. 😇 Have a blessed week dear friend.

      1. Americaoncoffee

        I keep in mind that there are worse scenarios than my own and I am thankful for new day, (forgetfulness) forgiveness and healings. ❤️🍮🍮Cheers!

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