" Do Not Judge"
(Matthew 7: 1-5)
1. "Do not
judge, or you too will be judged.
2. For in the
same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use,
it will be measured to you.
3. "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?
4. How can you
say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the
time there is a plank in your own eye?
hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see
clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
In the above scriptures, Jesus does not forbid criticism, opinions, or the
condemnation of wrongdoing. What He forbids is censoriousness, the spirit of
faultfinding that overlooks one's own shortcomings while assuming the role
of supreme judge in regard to the sins of others.
Jesus has a great deal to say about humility. And no wonder, since it was
pride that first caused man's downfall. As the New Adam, Jesus exemplified
this aspect of righteous living. Man fell because he presumed his own way
above God's , but restored godliness requires that man do the opposite and
humble himself before God's will and the way. Then true God-given exaltation
and recognitions will come to those who least expect it and who least seek
We need to remember how important it is too renounce any form of
retaliation. Leave all vengeance to God.
Love by choice, not by circumstance. Let mistreatment by others remind you
to overcome their evil through love.
Forgive daily those who have sinned against you. Allow God's forgiving
nature to guide you in forgiving others.
Humble yourself. Be wary of the serious danger of pride and arrogance. Avoid
striving for public recognition and promotion yourself or your ministry.
Recognize and confess before God any sin in your life. Do not seek to
justify yourself by comparing yourself with other sinners.
A major emphasis of Jesus' teaching is how to build and maintain rights
relationships with God and man. He views these relationships as neither
unimportant not extraneous, but as the essence of which life is make.
Know that Jesus equates anger with murder. Be very careful how you speak to
others lest hateful words bring you into God's judgment.