Do you have a problem judging others?
I find it interesting in life that it is easy to condemn others without regarding our own faults. If you watch the news enough, you find a host of people who are quick to point out the speck in one man’s eye and yet he cannot see the log in his own eye. If you think that I am referring to politicians you are right. (we are moving into election season after all)
This is not only a problem in the political world or the corporate world only. It is the problem of Christianity. If it was only exclusive to the world, the apostle’s would not have written about it to the church. In fact, I dare say that Christian people can be just as critical and judgmental as those of the world.
Now before you stone me, let’s reason together. In our spiritual pursuit, we look at our spiritual lives and think everyone should be just like us. In our denomination, our church, our Sunday School class, if someone does not act or believe like we think they should, they are wrong of course. We look down at others who have not been able to walk in victory like we have. God forbid if anyone fall from grace and then come looking for mercy from a Christian.
My grandfather once said, “Christians kill their wounded.” This is true, but Christianity is not all that bad. All types of people and religions struggle with this, but there is a remedy. Giving mercy as Jesus instructed us.
Luke 6:37-38, “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
This text of Scripture has been somewhat misrepresented over the last couple of decades. We like to focus on verse 38 and think that if we give money then we shall get back good measure, pressed down, shaken together and our finances will be running over as men give into our bosom. This, however is taking it out of context. This text is on giving mercy and not judging others harshly. We are not to judge others lest we are judged ourselves. Jesus said, “The measure you use it will be given back to you.”
The harshness you and I judge others with will be the same harshness we receive in judgments. If we condemn others then we too will be condemned.
The promise here is to those who give and show mercy. Give mercy and it will be given back to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over shall men give mercy to you. If you will show mercy you will receive it. Love covers a multitude of sins.
Next, time you see someone trip up or fall in sin, don’t condemn them, restore them. If someone doesn’t behave or act as “good” as you do, do not judge them, pray for them. If they do not believe like you do, search the Scriptures for yourself and see if you might be the one that is wrong.
The ultimate judge is the Lord. I want to show mercy, so He will show me mercy.