JUDGE

23 October 2013 |

JUDGE

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Luke 6:37-42

*Luke 6*

New Living Translation (NLT)

*Do Not Judge Others*

*37 *“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not
condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others,
and you will be forgiven. *38 *Give, and you will receive. Your gift
will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make
room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you
give will determine the amount you get back.*[**c*

*]*”

*39 *Then Jesus gave the following illustration: “Can one blind
person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch? *40
*Students*[**d*

*]* are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully
trained will become like the teacher.

*41 *“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye*[**e*

*]* when you have a log in your own?*42 *How can you think of saying,
‘Friend,*[**f*

*]* let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you
can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of
the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with
the speck in your friend’s eye.

Again we are confronted by another well known passage of scripture and
the source of the phrase about taking the log out of your own eye
before taking the speck of does out of anothers.

The problem with passages like this is two-fold. Often, we
misunderstand the heart and motive behind the passage, or even the
terms used. Secondly, these passages also get used as a means of
justification.

To say that what someone is doing is wrong, is not judging them! The
church of today needs to get that right. We have become so wrapped up
in ‘not judging others’ that we tolerate sin. Likewise, people
have continued sinning because when someone has had the courage to
confront them about it, they have responded by quoting this passage,
rather than repenting.

Judgment has to do with an awareness of self, and an attitude toward
the sinner. Essentially, we are judging when we consider ourselves
better than the other person, and when we use terms like “how could
they do that” or “I would never do that”. However, when we
confront the sin in people’s lives out of a motivation that they
would live a better life, we are helping others to righteousness, and
are not judging them.

A CALL TO ACTION

Do not judge. But, also, do not be afraid to speak out against sin. If
your motive is right and your words are backed by love, you are not
judging, but you are doing your part to keep the bride of Christ (the
church) pure and without blemish. Is there someone in your life that
you need to confront? Let’s pray for boldness, then – go confront
the sin.

A PRAYER TO PRAY

Lord thank you that as perfect as you are, you are still gracious and
forgive us when we sin. Thank you also that you have shown us the
standard by which to live. Please help me to have the boldness to
speak up when those around me are not living the way you have created
us to live. Amen.

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