"Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. 6 "Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you."
Have you ever felt the 'pointing finger' of judgment? What was your response? What does ungodly judgment do to an individual, family, local church, or community in the midst of the winds and waves of life?
Have you been guilty of ungodly judgment? Did you notice the results? Did you like the results? Our text today describes how not to judge and how to judge. If we judge with godly judgment abundant life results in any circumstances. If we judge with ungodly judgment, then ruin is the result.
Is Jesus commanding us to never judge people, ever?
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What is Jesus commanding us to do when He commands, “Judge not, that you be not judged”?
Jesus is commanding us to not make wrong judgments. We know from John 7:24, “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgments.” Jesus is warning us that if we make wrong judgments we will be judged wrongly. He doesn’t want us to experience that self-inflicted pain.
How do we make godly judgments that lead to abundant life?
Matthew 7:5, “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.” We need to recognize we see sin in others far better than we see our own sin. We need to ask the Lord to reveal our own sin so we can repent of it and confess it to the Lord to receive forgiveness and cleansing from all sin (Revelation 2:5; 1 John 1:9; Galatians 6:1; 1 Corinthians 2:15,16).
Matthew 7:1 is can read, “Hypocrites, do not judge, that you be not judged.” Jesus is telling people not to make wrong judgments. We must realize we can judge only what we see – external sin (1 Corinthians 5:3; Galatians 6:1; Luke 17:3-4).
Godly judgment eliminates ruined relationships, ruined initiative of the people we judge, ruined reputations, frozen emotions of those around us, the pain of wrong judgments, limited effectiveness and stunted fruit bearing.
Are you making right judgments?
Right judgments are necessary for healthy relations. Wrong judgments destroy relationships. Ask the Lord to help you make right judgments so that you build others up according to their needs of the moment.
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