In the world but not of it

December 21, 2010

Specks and logs…

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“Do not judge”… Matthew 7:1

The first five verses in this chapter make for tough reading. We are all prone to passing judgments on situations, on people and on things we see each day.

None of us are exempt from this, which is why the Lord addressed it in scripture and in His own words.

But let’s look carefully at what the Lord is saying…

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘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. Matthew 7:1-5

His instruction is not a general teaching that says we should not judge anything or condone certain behaviors.

His instruction is specifically for us to not be proud, arrogant and hypocritical in judging as if we don’t ever do the very things we find wrong in others.

In fact, in scripture we see matters of church discipline (1 Corinthians 5:1-2) being judged or addressed and Jesus told us later in this chapter that false prophets should be called out or exposed (Mt 7:15-23).

Therefore the problem with “judging” is not so much that is it is entirely wrong in and of itself but rather the motive with which we do it can be wrong and can often be to build ourselves up in the eyes of others while tearing down the ones we are judging.

“It is certain that you can detect other men’s faults, but you cannot detect your own. The lookers-on often see more than the players, and we sometimes perceive more at a distance than when we approach nearer. The fact is that partiality to ourselves blinds us to our own imperfections, and makes us see the mote in our brother’s eye though there is a beam in our own”. Charles Spurgeon


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