Judge Not

BethanySMC - Monday, 3 October 2011 12:12

Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

Many times when we look at others we see ourselves as through a magnifying glass and yet, we are slow to realize that. Jesus commanded us not to judge others. Why? Simply because it is not our role – God is the only Judge! We are called not to sentence others and not decide upon their destination, but rather help them out if we see them struggling or stumbling anywhere.

The only way Jesus said that we would be able to see how we can help someone is by fixing our problems first. The blind can not lead the blind, nor is a slave able to grant freedom to another slave.

Our evil nature has potential to exalt itself above others. Deep inside we consider ourselves better then someone else and often appear very righteous from outside! However, the true judge is watching us and His will be the final word.

So what should I do if I see someone who actually isn’t doing the right thing? – Help them –
1. If it is personal – talk to them, if nothing changes, ask a witness to talk to them as well
2. Transgression in something minor – pray for them, God will give them life.
3. Something major – ask church to help them. With love and compassion: rebuke, warn, pray, reproof, admonish.

No finger pointing – if you cannot see how you can help. You should not judge them either because perhaps your own sin is blocking you from seeing the solution to his/her problem.

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