Judging others


Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? How can you say to your brother,” Let me remove that splinter from your eye,” while the wooden beam is in your eye? You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye. Do not give what is holy to the dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.  Matt. 7: 1-6  

Possibly the most quoted verse in the bible (v.1) and the most misunderstood. This is not a command forbidding the recognition of others sins, that would go against His statement in verse 5, but against judging those sins in a spirit of arrogance forgetful of who we are before God. 

The recognition of sins should always be done in a spirit of mercy and love. This would be why Jesus warns us that we will be judged by the same measure that we judge. Are we merciful? Are we loving? Do we have the others best interest at heart? Along with the realization of our own sins, these motives are essential.

In verse five, Jesus uses the word hypocrite. He had only used this word in describing the scribes and Pharisees, but now uses it to describe a Christian disciple who is more concerned with the sins of others than his own more serious sins ( splinter vs. beam).

In light of the context, Jesus seems to be applying the “pearls before swine” to the faithful Christian in dealing with the stubborn fellow Christian(18:17).There comes a time when all that can be said, has been.

Please do not allow yourself to bury your head in the sand, when a brother or sister sins. Sin is a cancer that destroys the person (and the church) from within.

Let us then examine ourselves! And in love and mercy exhort others to love and good works!

Amen.

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