Judge

Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. Matthew 7:1-5

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
7:1-6 We must judge ourselves, and judge of our own acts, but not make our word a law to everybody. We must not judge rashly, nor pass judgment upon our brother without any ground. We must not make the worst of people. Here is a just reproof to those who quarrel with their brethren for small faults, while they allow themselves in greater ones. Some sins are as motes, while others are as beams; some as a gnat, others as a camel. Not that there is any sin little; if it be a mote, or splinter, it is in the eye; if a gnat, it is in the throat; both are painful and dangerous, and we cannot be easy or well till they are got out. That which charity teaches us to call but a splinter in our brother’s eye, true repentance and godly sorrow will teach us to call a beam in our own. It is as strange that a man can be in a sinful, miserable condition, and not be aware of it, as that a man should have a beam in his eye, and not consider it; but the god of this world blinds their minds. Here is a good rule for reprovers; first reform thyself.

Have been so busy judging that we have forgotten to love?
This is probably the most quoted phrase in the whole of human history. Quoted by Christians and non-Christians alike. The allegory given by Jesus is extremely plain simple. We are so busy judging others that we do not see ourselves possibly committing the same offensive act, possibly in speech, in actions or even in behaviour. As Matthew Henry stated “Here is a just reproof to those who quarrel with their brethren for small faults, while they allow themselves in greater ones.”

Have we been so busy judging that we have not been seeking out to draw the people to Christ in love? Have we maybe even forgotten that we must love as Christ commanded? Honesty without love hurts, love without honesty is deceit.

1 John, Chapter 4
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

The passage above simply states in the most simplest manner, if we cannot even love or speak to the person whom we see day to day in love, with love, how can we say we love God whom we cannot see?

It is never easy to touch on such topics but as the Apostle Paul encourages, “16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” Col 3:16

Closing
Will close with the following verse “24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Heb 10:24-25

Three Key Words
1. Provoke – Provoke what? Not anger or negative actions BUT instead, LOVE and GOOD WORKS.
2. Assembling – Gathering. Not just in Church but also in the Christian Homes.
3. Exhorting – To encourage, to urge, advise, or caution earnestly, admonishing urgently.

We know we can’t change others, but we can change ourselves. Let our mouth pour forth encouraging, not discouraging negative words always. Yes, even if it requires a conscious purposeful action. May God help us. For his glory, thru Jesus, and grieve not the Spirit, Amen.

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~ by ymsim on 2010/09/27.

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