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When And How NOT To Judge


"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?" (Matt.7:3)

Jesus was a master at the use of hyperbole when trying to get a point across. The sight of someone with a large plank in their eye complaining about the speck in another's is so ludicrous that we get the message instantly. We should not be in the judging business when we are blind to our own faults. Jesus in a plain and simple fashion rebukes hypocritical judgement. The apostle Paul cautions spiritual people who try to help others in sin when he writes: "Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted" (Gal.6:1). He is calling on us to be introspective when trying to come to the aid of others. A parallel verse about judging is found in the gospel of Luke. In Luke 6:36, Jesus says: "Do not judge and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned." I find the verse that immediately precedes this one to be telling. "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful." Jesus is condemning judging that is tinged with harshness and a self righteous attitude. Judgement without mercy and love attached is just plain bad. We find this verse in the epistle of James; "Judgement without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgement!" (2:13) Again the message is clear, telling us that those who make judgements without mercy will be shown no mercy when they are ultimately judged. Jesus said that in Matt.7:2. "For in the same way that you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." The Bible is very clear on the issue how and when to make judgements. God is pleased when we use His Word to discern these things in the right way....

Have a great day... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4

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