Judging Others

Luke 6:36-45 New International Version (NIV)

 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

39 He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.

41 “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? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Judge: to decide, distinguish, condemn, call into question, damn, conclude, discriminate.

Condemn: To pronounce guilty.

We are so often told to not judge others these days. we are expected to be tolerant and accepting. this is true however there are certain things that we need to judge but at all times we need to be merciful as the Lord is merciful. Mercy is to be gracious, clement, charitable, compassionate, lenient. God shows us mercy every day so we need to follow His example.

Would we like to be judged on our best day or our worst? Would we like to have people show us compassion if we make a mistake? The Lord asks us to be merciful before He shares with us in this Scripture about judging. We would all like to be judged fairly without unfair discrimination.

The verses above tell us that with what measure we judge others we will be judged. With what measure we condemn others we will be condemned.

The “golden rule” as quoted by people is “treat others the way we would like to be treated.” This is a really good way to think before we judge people.

John 7:24 New International Version (NIV)

 24 Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”
We are not to judge others by the outer appearance but go deeper. We can judge a tree by its fruit. We judge the fruit of others but not to condemn but to discern.Be careful though that we are not judging a tree that is only young by the same measures as a mature tree. Sometimes fruit can take a while to be produced. We need to consider the circumstances around peoples lives. this is not giving people excuses for their behaviour but recognising that we are all at different stages of our growth and development. We see this in nature as some trees take years before they produce fruit whereas others produce it very quickly. This does not mean the ones that take longer are wrong or need to be judged harshly! Also the seasons and growing conditions also determine if fruit grows on some trees. If there is a drought, floods or lack of food for the tree then the production of fruit may be impaired.
In each ones life we go through seasons too. We need to allow mercy to rule over our judgement of others.
We are instructed to judge ourselves. To look soberly at our own lives and development.

James 1:22-25 New International Version (NIV)

 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
As we hear the Word of God we are to do something with it. we are to look at ourselves and judge where we need to make changes, adjustments and corrections in our lives in accordance with the Word. If we don’t we are like someone who looks at themselves in a mirror and then goes away forgetting what they looked like.
Even with this judgement we are to be merciful with ourselves as well! We are not to be harsh and compare our growth and fruit to others around us. This leads to condemnation. We are not to condemn ourselves because of the past or what others think of us either. we are to honestly look at where we stand in relation to what God says about us. We are to judge ourselves fairly and without discrimination.
If we can do this we can start to change for the better, to be more like Jesus.
Next time we are looking at passing judgment on someone, lets think of how we would like it to be done to us. Also how would Jesus judge this one? Are their reasons for their behaviour? Are there reasons for lack of fruit in their life?
Just think of these areas and see what a difference it can make to our world and to those we are in relationship with, also to the world around us!
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