Do not judge?

“Do not judge so that you will not be judged.” (Matthew 7:1)

This verse has been used and misused in so many ways that hurt rather than help. The very meaning of the verse is actually revealed in the verse that follows it:

“For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:2)

Judging someone is not simply pointing to what the person has done or is doing wrong. Judging someone means pointing to the wrong, attaching the wrong to the person, and pronouncing a sentence against the person for the wrong that we believe the person is involved with.

This is why it usually backlashes on us when we’re sentencing others because, we too have acted in ways that resemble this person’s actions.

We don’t close our eyes on the wrong, but unless we’re telling the person that only Christ can and will get them out of that wrong, we better shut and do a little housecleaning in ourselves, and then maybe we’ll tell the person of our success, our encounter with Jesus, and maybe that person will be granted repentance by God to come to full knowledge of the truth that will have set them free by then.

“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?” (Luke 6:41)

In the end, the message is this:

“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. 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.” (Luke 6:37-38)