“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” “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, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You 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.
At first glance you may automatically think that Jesus is telling us not to judge. But, what’s really being taught is how to judge correctly. Self-examination will and should help us to not to be so quick to pass rash and harsh judgement on others, especially when we don’t have all the facts. So why do we fall into Satan’s scheme of passing rapid judgement.
Simply put, it is often painful to discover that you are the one at fault. It is far easier to pass judgement then to admit that we are to blame or possibly the problem. The simple answer is we are sinners and we find it hard to admit that we need to change. But if we examine ourselves through the word of God, we will receive His mercy and grace to make those changes. We will be in a better position to help and minister to those in need of help. They, too, will have received the same grace and mercy that Jesus has shown to us. God, the Father, is pleased when we minister instead of condemning. Jesus did not come into the world to condemn us, but though Him we may have eternal life.
JOHN 5:24-27; 30
Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man … By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.
There you have it; if we are seeking to build others up, we will be slow to pass judgement. If we do judge it is because we have thoroughly examined our hearts and motives first. We are all not too different from my eleven year old daughter. We would all do well to look at our lives and ask ourselves if we are the car on the side of the road jacked up and in need of repair. All we have to do is seek the Lord and He will restore us!