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Judge Not

Matthew 7:1

1“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”

We have all heard this one – I feel certain.  In context it goes like this:

Matthew 7:1-5 – 1“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For 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? 4How 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? 5You 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.

Judging others is so easy – almost natural (human nature).  It always seems easier to point out someone’s sins or mistakes than our own.  It always seems easier to tell others how to improve than to improve ourselves.

Jesus calls us first to leave our judging ways and to concentrate on getting our act together (taking the plant out of our own eye before we attempt to take the speck out of someone’s eye.

How about joining me today – we must start somewhere – and pledging to strive to leave a day without judging people.  Judging can be more than merely stating or pointing out an issue or shortcoming of someone.  It can be internal – our feelings toward someone – our attitude – without saying anything.  It will not be easy with some people and with some work environments – but join me as we strive to NOT JUDGE others.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

July 22, 2010 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Theology | , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Judging of others has been non-productive. If we have problem with someone’s actions or opinions we should talk to them in a non-confrontational manner and talk over our concerns so as to hopefully come to an understanding based on the word.

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    Comment by Fred Saavedra | July 22, 2010 | Reply

  2. Ray,

    Since we will all be judged one day, I’m not to judge the non-believer, because they do not share my belief system. God will judge them one day.

    But am I supposed to judge my fellow brother and sister in Christ?

    Seems like Matthew 7 says, before I judge, make sure I check myself first, so I can accurately see to help my brother out.

    The world says “mind your own business”, while the Bible says that Christians are to “mind each others business”. I need and want my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to “mind my business” and tell me when I am heading down a wrong path.

    What am I missing here?

    Greg

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    Comment by Greg TeSelle | July 22, 2010 | Reply

    • Greg – you are absolutely correct – as believers we are called to help our brothers and sisters by lovingly sharing with them as they share with us our shortcomings to improve our walk and allow Christ to shine in us, through us, and in spite of us. I was trying to get at the judging spirit in this devotional – not the deeper spiritual discipline of nurturing sisters and brothers in Christ. Thanks for reading and for pointing this out.

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      Comment by raymcdonald | July 22, 2010 | Reply


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