Judging Fairly Matthew Chapter 7 1-5

Judging Fairly
Judging Fairly
Matt 7:1-5 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you too will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye. How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye’ ,when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye
Jesus is appealing to the highest ideals of the rabbis. The Jewish rabbis taught that there were six great ‘works’ in this life: studying the scriptures, visiting the sick, showing hospitality, prayer, educating children in the law, and thinking the best of others. Think of how often you have misjudged others or been misjudged by them. Our judgment of others is faulty because we do not know all the situations, background, and especially their motives -1Cor 2:11. We know what they did, but not WHY they did it. We may not know the facts they faced, or the strength of a particular temptation.

It is impossible for us to be completely impartial in our judgments. We are swayed by attraction or repulsion by certain people. The Greeks would sometimes hold difficult trials in total darkness, so the defendant could not be seen or recognized, and only the facts considered. Only one who is totally impartial has the right to judge, and since none but God is impartial, only He can make right judgments.

Jesus is teaching that no one has the right to judge or criticize another unless he is prepared to do better in the same situation. Please note that Jesus is not condemning all evaluations of whether an action is right or wrong. What He is condemning is the hypocritical evaluation of others. We are told to discipline the erring brother – 1Cor 5. That requires that an evaluation be made of actions, but it is not being made on the basis of our own thoughts, but on the comparison to God’s standard of conduct for us in His word. If we use His word, then He is judging – not us – and His judgment is just. We cannot condemn others, but we can condemn their actions when they violate the word of God. That is the duty of Christians – to apply the words of the Bible to the things we see happening around us and speak out in defense of God and His standards. We can ‘judge’ properly if we use His judgments, not our own or those of society. We are to try to help others live in harmony with God’s will by pointing out what He expects. But we must also apply those same principles and laws to our own lives. Let us examine our own lives first in the mirror of God’s word. James 1:23-25.

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Good Days

Scriptures of the BibleThere are two days of the week about which one should never worry – two days that are kept free from fear and apprehension. One of the days is yesterday. Yesterday with all its cares and problems, aches and pains, all its faults, mistakes and blunders has passed forever. It cannot be recalled and relived. It was mine, it now belongs to God.

The other day that one can not worry about is tomorrow. Tomorrow, with all its possible adversities, burdens, perils, its promise and successes, as well as possible failures is as far beyond our control as yesterday is. Tomorrow belongs to God; it will later be mine.

That leaves only one day for us – today. Anyone can only fight the battles of today, or resist the temptations of today. We can only carry the burdens of today successfully. If we try to add the burdens of those two eternities – yesterday and tomorrow – we will break down. Those are the burdens that only God can carry. It isn’t the experience of today that drives men mad. It is remorse for what happened yesterday and the fear of what tomorrow may bring. Those are God’s days – leave them to Him!!

How to listen to a sermon

1) Come to hear the sermons, not out of curiosity, but out of a sincere desire to know God’s word and do His will.

2) By prayer, prepare your heart before you hear, and then pay diligent attention to what is spoken from the word of God.

3) Do not hold any prejudice against the preacher, nor depend on him too much or think of him more highly than you ought to think.

4) Seek to apply what is heard to your own personal life and heart.

5) Before and after you hear God’s word, pray that God will give the preacher wisdom to understand, power to speak His word, and that He will give you the will and ability to put into practice what you have been shown from His word.


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