The Problem with Judging Others {Matthew 7:1-6}

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Judging Others

 “1 [a]Do not judge and criticize and condemn [others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous superiority as though assuming the office of a judge], so that you will not be judged [unfairly]. 2 For just as you [hypocritically] judge others [when you are sinful and unrepentant], so will you be judged; and in accordance with your standard of measure [used to pass out judgment], judgment will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the [insignificant] speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice and acknowledge the [egregious] log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me get the speck out of your eye,’ when there is a log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite (play-actor, pretender), first get the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye."

6 “Do not give that which is holy to [b]dogs, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, for they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. Matthew 7:1-6

There's a simple universal rule in life...people call it mantra, but biblically we find in Galatians 6:7 that what you sow , you reap. To every action there's a reaction and you cannot expect sowing an apple tree to get pears from it, right? ;-)

This sowing-reaping principle applies to every single aspect in life. Including attitudes and emotions.

“The self-righteous scream judgments against others to hide the noise of skeletons dancing in their own closets.” 
― John Mark Green

“To judge someone is to say that I have the right to define who they are, verses understanding that God has handed me the priceless privilege of discovering who they are.” 
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

The thing about judging others is that is a very subtle strategy from the enemy to keep us busy. We're so busy criticizing and identifying the faults in others, that we never get to see and deal with our own.

“Judging others is easy because it distracts us from the responsibility of judging ourselves.”
― Charles F. Glassman, Brain Drain The Breakthrough That Will Change Your Life

When we focus our attention on the flaws of others, we're usually being deceived about our own.

When tempted to throw judgments here and there, it is good to remember that we cannot change others: only God can. We cannot change ourselves either...only God thought His Holy Spirit working in us can.

We should rather use the time and energy spent on analysing others to reflect and surrender those areas in our lives that need some work.

“It is difficult to live without judging others. If you have to judge, then judge with love.”
― Debasish Mridha

God did not command us to look our for flaws in others, but to love one another. We cannot allow ourselves to be busy criticising and judging that we forget what matters most.

When we judge instead of loving, we take a holy thing (love) and cast it before dogs and hogs (evil spirits). We will open a door for those spirits to tremble on holy things and turn and tear us into pieces.

Jesus tells us not to judge others for our own good: He does not want us to be judge in return.

One interesting thing that I read quite recently is that when you hear someone talking about you in a judgemental way, we should ask ourselves if that person is sowing into his/her life or is it something we are reaping?

May God give us the grace to sow good seeds! May God give us the grace to resist temptation to criticize and judge, and rather being a  blessing to others!

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