Judging Others - Digital Bible Journaling

I enjoyed some quiet time this weekend and spent a lot of time in my reading through the Gospels chronologically. If you are still with me, following along, please do comment below. I'd love to hear from you. I've read, studied, and made notes and now have to catch up on graphics.

Next will be Matthew 7:7-11.

Matthew 7:1-6; Luke 6:37-42

Jesus continues with his Sermon on the Mount. I am not to judge others because if I do, I will be judged for the same. To judge someone includes to know their heart and motives of their actions. How embarrassing is it when I learn the truth about the motives of their actions and realize it is justified. Jesus makes me think about if things were turned around how I would also fail in judgment. Oh, the SELF-ECHOES! What I say to others echoes back to me. Treat others as I would want to be treated.

Jesus goes a step further and even proclaims that anything I judge another for I will be found guilty of the same (Luke 6:37 uses the word condemn). Everyone is guilty of seeing some small thing wrong with another person (a speck in the eye) while forgetting to see their own faults (the log in the eye). Jesus flat out calls this hypocritical. Before I criticize someone else, I should look at myself to see if I deserve the same criticism. What standards (measures) have I set for others and do I keep those same standards for myself? Do I measure with judgment or mercy? Do I give myself allowances that I do not give to others?

I can never judge myself to meet God's measurements and standards because I am a sinner and will never measure up on my own. I can only measure up through the forgiveness of Jesus Christ.

If I first take the log out of my own eye (the huge fault) it will allow me to see the speck in another's eye (small fault). Seeing another through the lens of my own eye allows me to see how insignificant another's faults, thereby keeping me from getting worked up about it, and thereby helping me to overlook other's faults. Luke 6:37 uses the words, "forgive, and you will be forgiven."

The things that bother me the most in others are probably the things that bother me the most about myself, yet I tolerate my own sins. I should be more concerned about examining myself and asking God for forgiveness than I am about the conduct of others.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11 How am I to build another up if I am looking for specks in the eye? Of course, this does not mean I should not be observant of wrong-doing in others. For instance, how will I be able to discern a false prophet if I am not being observant and aware? The intention of this verse is to be better discerning of when it is important (disapproval) and when it is something to look past (unconditional love). It is right to help others remove their "specks," but it should be done with love. When I "see clearly," then I am able to help another.

In verse 7, the "dogs" and "pigs" are those against the Gospel. Throwing holy (the Word) and precious pearls (the Gospel) at them who see no value only result in ridicule and twisting of God's Word to be thrown back.

Luke 39-40, "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher." Who am I look to as an example for living my life? If I am looking and analyzing what another is doing that may or may not be right, I am not focused in the REAL teacher in Jesus Christ.


Tricia Berg said…
Good thoughts, as usual! I agree with your comments--we shouldn't pick each other apart and tear down the church instead of building it up. Yet I am so saddened by how people do not examine themselves or have any interest in "removing their log." They take these verses to mean "you look the other way for me and I'll do the same for you" while everyone goes on sinning and even approving of the sin of others. :(

When we look at these passages in light of the rest of the Bible, as we should, we can clearly see that it is not an endorsement of sin (but I'm not saying you think that.) It's an extension of loving our neighbor as ourselves, with the goal that everyone will desire to serve God rather than themselves (including indulging themselves in sin)--we're here for His good purpose, not our own.

When the goal is restoration, that will be a lot easier to accomplish with gentle reproof instead of harshness, but if our brother is rebellious, then they are to be excluded for their own good so that they can come to repentance and be restored, and for the good of the congregation so their leaven doesn't taint the whole batch of dough. But that's how we got where we are with the church being a "hospital for sinners" who never recover from their "illness," because the leaven has leavened the whole lump in too many cases. :(

I don't know about you, but I'm tired of being considered "self-righteous" when I try to exhort others to live for Christ and I try myself to stay away from things many accept that I know are not god-pleasing. At no time do I ever claim to be perfect or point out specific sins of particular individuals, but still, people, including supposed sisters and brothers, think it's okay to judge me as intolerant for standing firm in the truth of the Bible. (But needless to say, I am sickened at the damage done by so-called "Christians" who genuinely showed hatred toward others, with violence and foul language, "in the name of Christ." It's so damaging and hard for unbelievers to understand that those people are NOT true Christians.)

But anyway, as you said, we're meant to judge ourselves. If we did that, it wouldn't be necessary to be judged by anyone else and in that way, we could shine as lights in this dark world. I'm not sure how people who join in the darkness think they are being lights, do you? Sorry for the rant! I know you are NOT that sort of person who doesn't appreciate what Jesus has done on their behalf. ♥
I did not see you click like on Facebook so I thought you may have missed this post in your stream. I'm pleasantly surprised to see your comment here this morning and always enjoy reading what you write. You always take such a great time to post a nice message. I like it being on my blog because I do not delete things here like I do on Facebook, so it is here for others to read.

I like what you say about being considered "self-righteous" -- yes, I'm tired of it. Been tired of it for a long time. How do they get that just because I set high standards for myself? High standards for myself does not mean I am judging and implying those standards on others as well because that would be, um, judging. Just because I set high standards for myself does not mean that I think I keep them well either. I am a sinner. That's why I need Jesus.

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