Thursday, June 28, 2018
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.” (Matthew 7:1-2)
Guess what? No matter what you think about that passage, Jesus said it! Okay, you’ve read it. Do you judge? Sure, you do. Be honest with yourself. Once you read this passage, you formulate a judgment. Do you excuse your judgments but condemn those of others? If so, isn’t this passage directed to you? We all make good and bad judgments in life. Every day is full of such. Do we end up doing what Jesus said “do not” do? If so, are we following Jesus?
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?” (Matthew 6:31).
When it is supper time, if you are told, “We don’t have a thing in the house to eat,” does your empty stomach mournfully ask, “What will we eat?” We may not want what is available, but there is food that may be prepared. We don’t live in a country where everyone is thankful because he gets one meal each day. Have you ever heard someone, with a full closet of clothes say, “I don’t have a thing to wear”? Jesus said, “don’t worry.” Why do we do what he said to not do? If so, are we following Jesus?
If we read something Jesus said and then excuse ourselves with, “He didn’t mean it,” are we being honest? Isn’t that a judgment? If so, is it right or wrong? Do we convince ourselves that our disobedience isn’t as bad as another’s disobedience? Isn’t that a judgment? We can be very convincing in matters that affect us, but so hard on the disobedience impacting others. Would Jesus’ parable in Matthew 18:21-33 fit? Whoops! Another judgment to be made.
Paul tells Christians that all have sinned. The includes us. We sin because we don’t obey. Since we all disobey, to whom must we go to have our sins remitted? Isn’t it Jesus? Are we following Jesus? Do you have a judgment?