Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.—Matthew 7:1-2 (NKJV)
We live in a world that is becoming increasingly critical. Unfortunately, that spirit is far too prevalent among Christians. It seems that some of the most basic of Biblical doctrines escapes us in our daily lives.
We have become far too critical of one another—rather than loving one another. No, loving one another does not mean accepting the sin or wrongdoing in someone’s life, but it does mean not finger-pointing and putting yourself in the position of judge—which belongs to God alone!
Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging.—Matthew 7:1-2 (Message)
Judging has a boomerang effect…it backfires and brings the same judgment back to you. Whenever we point an accusing finger at someone by way of judging, we are saying we are better than they and know every nuance of the situation; this attitude opens the door for someone to do the same to us. None of us are without fault and the need for forgiveness and understanding.
34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.—John 13:34-35 (NLT)
God has directed us in any number of ways via the scriptures to love one another and not to judge. When He says, “Just as I have loved you…”, I believe He is speaking of His willingness to die for us and provide forgiveness freely without requiring any payment from us. Similarly, we should be willing to love without pronouncing guilt because that is what the Lord did for us.
6-8 Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.—Romans 5:6-8 (Message)
I like the way the Message translation says that: “God put his love on the line…”. Let me ask you a question; do you put your love on the line when you have an opportunity to judge someone? Do you allow the love of God to shine through you? The scripture teaches us that we are to “follow God as dear children…”
Therefore be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]. 2 And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.—Ephesians 5:1-2 (Amplified)
Remember, show love and leave the judging to God!Have Faith1st ©2012 Faith1st Ministries