Last week I posted lots of Scripture to remind us of Jesus’ commands to love. On the heels of that, and in spite of what some might posit, I want to remind us what else Jesus commanded us: he told us pointedly not to judge.
Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. (Matthew 7:1-2)
Unfortunately, unless we follow his commands to love, we will find ourselves judging – and gossiping, belittling, ridiculing, criticizing, blaming, dehumanizing, attacking, condemning and damning.
Unlike the clichéd slippery slope, it’s a low and unnoticeable decline from the narrow path to the wide one. We are ignorant of the descent and heedless of the steps, one after the other, until we’ve lost our way and we’re in the valley looking up.
…we do not believe the statements of the Bible. For instance, do we really believe the statement that says we criticize in others the very things we are guilty of ourselves? Oswald Chambers
Chambers refers to Romans 2:1 – Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.
We must make ourselves aware of our passing thoughts, the words about to come out of our mouths and the remarks we’re tempted to write on social media.
I know from where I speak; I am guilty, too. Spoken too harshly; written before thinking. Asked for and received mercy and forgiveness. God continues to transform my heart. And I believe Romans 2:1.
Oh, I may not believe it at the time the thought enters my mind to judge; but I pray the Holy Spirit helps me store that thought away for a time I’m ready to confront my own weakness. I pray God pursues me and reaches into my heart until I refuse to deny my own logs.
Why do you see the speck in our brother’s eye, but do not notice the log in our own eye? How dare you say to your brother, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First take the log out of your own eye; then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:3-5)
This Scriptureis recorded in Matthew and Luke from Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount. During any Bible study, you learn when a speaker or writer repeats ideas or commands, it means they are highly important. Obviously, Jesus repeats his command to love many times. He also repeats his command to abstain from judging.
In fact, Jesus tells us he does not even judge. And we need to follow his example.
If anyone hears My words and does not keep them, I do not judge them; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. (John 12:47)