When one thinks about it, judging others when we know our own sinful hearts is pretty ridiculous. We all walk through this world weighted down with the chains and baggage of a lifetime of terrible choices and a lineage of sin filled lives. Even Jesus own lineage contained prostitutes, incestuous fathers, adulterers and murderers. Still, because he came, each person has the opportunity to be free of that baggage, and walk as pure as the Savior, Himself.
Sadly, when we are freed from the bondage of sin and death, often, we become a little smug and a little proud; that the gross leprosy ridden rags, that were our lives, are now clean, pure and white as snow. Jesus, in helping people to see things from God’s view, wanted the folk to realize how infuriating it was to see someone judge another’s actions–when they, themselves would never stand the scrutiny–if placed upon them. Plainly stated, “If you think you are the person to judge another–please point the flashlight of scrutiny you are using at your own life, see how YOU hold up!
We are called to seek God and follow His lead–let Him sort out the chosen from the wicked. He is singularly qualified for the job, and, is the one that is full of grace and mercy; the very grace and mercy Paul talked about in Romans 5–“God Demonstrated His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us!” Jesus calls us to use every ounce of energy to examine our own lives and model His. Help me, Lord to follow You, seek You and allow You to be the judge!
God Bless You
Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For 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? 4 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? 5 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.
6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.