Judging Others: Who, me?

“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.”

Luke 6:37-38

As Jesus’ remarks continue, He talks to the people present about judging others. As he did when talking about loving one’s enemies, He essentially held up a rhetorical mirror so that we might see our own reflections. Often when people talk about judging others, they tend to be condemning someone else for doing so, yet Jesus takes quite a different approach to the issue.

Notice that Jesus doesn’t get in the faces of those He thinks might be judging Him, but rather that He points out that we will be rewarded for our own generosity in showing forgiveness for those who might have wronged us. He continued:

He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher. (6:39-40)

Not a single person who reads this is perfect, nor is the author; me. Not a single one of us has any right to condemn or judge anyone else, for we ourselves are not perfect and have been forgiven. Yet if we love others and show mercy and forgiveness, as our Teacher has shown us, then we may grow into His likeness. He brings the point home in 6:41-42…

“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.

We need to look into the mirror so that our attitudes and behaviors may be worthy of the Kingdom we serve; pointing fingers at the faults of others simply has no place in the kingdom of Heaven. Some might want to tell me at this point that I must be going soft on sin in writing this, but I would respectfully have to disagree. In our text Jesus has just made it quite clear that condemning others is itself a sin; can compounding sin remove sin?

Not as far as I can see.

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About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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8 Responses to Judging Others: Who, me?

  1. Russ P. says:

    I pray that God will forgive me for having an unforgiving attitude toward my parents.

  2. I pray that God will help me forgive those who rejected me.

  3. Citizen Tom says:

    I heard Chuck Swindoll talking about that speck and beam passage in Matthew this morning. His words came across to me this way.

    Before we can help someone else, we have to judge our fitness to do so.

    Latter it recurred to me that that is something lots of parents need to think about. Before we can raise our children what we want them to become, we have to become what we want them to become.

  4. Pingback: Weeping and Laughter-onwards | The Life Project-January 27 2017 | Re-theologizing

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