JESUS: The Great I Am


JUDGING PEOPLE Matthew 7:1-6

Matthew 7:1-6
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.

Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

If our focus is on Heaven and the Kingdom of God and righteousness, do you think we will find it necessary to judge others? Perhaps as we humbly seek God we will find that others are just as much in need of Jesus and his righteousness as we do.

Our nature is such that we find it easier to see faults in others than in ourselves. It is not a bad thing to try and help others when we see that they are making life mistakes. However, we need to check ourselves first and be certain that we have clarity in how we are thinking. We also need to remember the beatitudes, practice humility, be gentle and kind, seek to make peace, and be sure we are doing everything for God’s glory, not our own.

In our desire to help others and serve God we will come across people who are merely using us and are not open to God’s truth. We need to seek wisdom from God and when appropriate, back away from those people.