“Judge not, lest you be judged” (Matthew 7:1).
As Christians, we are often far too quick to jump to conclusions about another person.
As J. Vernon McGee once said, “The only exercise some Christians get is jumping to conclusions and running down others!”
We will say that we can see a person’s heart and condemn them. This is not right, because Jesus said, “Judge not, lest you be judged” (Matthew 7:1).
However, when Christ made that statement, He did not mean that Christians are not to make judgments about situations and people. After all, in other passages, the Bible tells us we are indeed called to judge (see 1 Corinthians 6:2; 1 Peter 4:17).
In other words, we have to make assessments and value-judgments in life.
Don’t try to judge a person’s heart or motives.
So what does it mean then, when Jesus says, “Judge not?” The Greek word means basically to “separate, choose, select, or determine.” In this passage Jesus is dealing with motives, which no human being can know of another. Jesus is saying, “Don’t try to judge a person’s motives in the sense of passing final judgment on them.” In short, “Don’t condemn, lest ye be condemned.”
We are to refrain from hypercritical condemning judgment. There is a big difference between being discerningly critical and hypercritical.
A closing thought:
An unknown poet of times past wrote:
“Judge not the workings of his brain,
And of his heart you cannot see.
What looks to thy dim eyes a stain.
In God’s pure light may only be
A scar brought from some well-won field
Where thou wouldst only faint and yield.”
Let’s be discerning, but not condemning!
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6–7 NLT).God Is Preparing You Today for Something Greater Tomorrow!
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT).It Is I; Do Not Be Afraid
“Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea” (Matthew 14:25 NKJV).
The lures of this world are rich in temptation, but poor in offering real fulfillment. Momentary thrills can often bring lifetime regret. Tuesday on A NEW BEGINNING, Pastor Greg Laurie poses a key question: “what do you live for?” It’s an important study in his Happiness Series!All Sermons by Greg Laurie