Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and the measure you use, it will be measured to you. – Matthew 7:1
This is a verse some people will use when someone who loves them and cares for their soul attempts to talk to them about living a life of sin. Yet it is a misunderstood verse because it’s not read all the way through.
This is the second post on You Can’t Judge Me. In You Can’t Judge Me Pt. 1, I gave an illustration of warning someone that a speeding truck was about to hit them. I asked was that judging someone. I asked this question among friends on my Facebook page and the general response was; “No. You are helping that person.” Hopefully that question will bring a better understanding.
There is a lot more to Matthew 7:1. In fact one should read Matthew 7:1-6. To judge means to determine and form an opinion of an action that is favorable or unfavorable, bad or good. If the truth would prevail with all of us, almost daily we make a judgment on whether someone has done good or bad. When we watch CNN news, we make a judgment on whether there were good decisions made by our government, military, parents, sport coaches and a host of other things we see. When a family member, coworker, friend or neighbor does something we either judge whether it was a good action or a bad action. When we see someone acting differently, we either say they are in a good mood or a bad mood.
But when it comes to saying he or she is committing a sin, it becomes a forbidden thing to do and many loving and caring Christian have been torn apart because they, acting out of love, try to talk to someone about committing adultery, lying, stealing, gossiping, envy, strife, hatred and the list goes on. My question is; “How will people know about what Jesus expects from us and His will for us, if someone doesn’t show them what He says in the bible and discuss it with them?” Maybe that’s why “You Can’t Judge Me” is the go-to phrase. Perhaps Satan has twisted what is written in this passage like he did in the garden of Eden when he said; “You won’t die.” (Genesis 2:17; Genesis 3:4)
Prayerfully, I hope the next post will connect the dots for you.
Our Father, the only true and living God, I pray for everyone and myself to get a full understanding of your word so we can stop living beneath our priviledges. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray. ~ Amen.