Judge not, that you be not judged.

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

Hard to read these words and not think of the reactions to the woman caught in the act of adultery as recorded in the eighth chapter of John's gospel. The religious folks brought her to Jesus and wanted her stoned her in judgment according to the old testament law. But Jesus challenged them saying that the one without sin should cast the first stone at her. Eventually they all left and Jesus responded this way to the woman:
“Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
When we judge another person we out ourselves as hypocrites and rock throwers. When we demand justice according to the law we reveal that we have impaired vision. I am not saying that all law-breakers should go free. All I am saying is that most people do not need to be judged. They need to be loved and forgiven. Jesus set the example for us.

Lord, I repent of judging others. Help me to love and forgive.

1 comment:

  1. I find I am guilty of this and because I think the judgment, and don't perhaps speak it out loud, it's still judgement, and I pray that I will look to my own sinful ways, when I do this. Thanks for the reminder... God is the Judge! God Alone!!!

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