7628 - Judge Not


Each of us is to be very careful to apply the same standards and expectations of behavior to ourselves as we do to others.

Jesus taught us very clearly the danger of judging others. Lets look at Luke 6:37-42.

"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

He also told them this parable: "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.

"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? How can you say to your brother, `Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.”

This passage continues the words of Jesus as He delivered the “Sermon On The Plain.” He extends his teaching about attitudes that would permeate his followers.

Judge not! The principle given says that a believer does not take over God’s role and judge either an outsider or a fellow Christian. This is not the role for a believer. We are never called upon to pass sentence upon another person. Such an action would be sin.

Jesus commands his followers to be loving and to reflect His character; thus, mercy and forgiveness will easily flow outward to others.

However, if a believer becomes hard and judgmental then the Father’s discipline will bring like measure upon His wayward child. So Jesus says, “do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.” Mercy extended to others will permit God’s mercy to come back upon that child of God.

Notice this principle of loving kindness even extends into the economic area of life. As we give graciously and generously to others, then we will receive from our Father in generous measure also. In fact, the principle given by God is that goodness returns multiplied upon a child of God who responds to God’s prompting to give to a person in need. What a fantastic promise from God. Compassion and goodness is multiplied before it returns to an obedient child of God who forgives for Jesus’ sake.

The parable that Jesus uses to illustrate His point has to do with a man whose sight is impaired by a log in his own eye. Of course, such an impairment would cause the eye to water, and cause squinting and vision to be blurred so that sight is greatly limited. Jesus asks, “how can such a partially sighted person presume to believe that they can be of any help to a person who has a tiny speck of sawdust in their eye?

Would you want an eye surgeon to examine your eye if he had just had a serious injury to his own eye? Of course not. And Jesus extends this reasoning into the spiritual arena of life. A person who is hindered by sin in his own life has no valid basis for attempting to assist a brother who needs spiritual help. First, the sin in our own life must be dealt with and cleared up before we are useful to the Lord to help a person in need (Gal. 6:1-2; Ps. 139:23-24).

Make no mistake, believers are called upon to discern what is best (Phil. 1:10). Discernment is defined as the ability to detect or perceive something hidden or obscure. The ability to detect and tell the difference between good and evil — even between what is good and what is best (Heb. 5:14; 4:12 kj; 1 Cor. 2:14). This is the leading of the Spirit needed by Church leaders who are called upon to keep the body of Christ — The Church — pure and holy (1 Cor. 5:9-13; Rom. 16:17; 2 Thes. 3:14-15).

But eternal judgment is God’s responsibility and we must leave judgment in His hands.