Judge This Not That

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on July 16, 2006
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All judgment is not wrong, nor is all of it right. We have the responsibility to discern what our Lord teaches us in the context of his words with the heart in which he intended.

Matthew 7:1-5 The concern Jesus is speaking about is not a broad, sweeping prohibition against all judgment; for within the very context, we are commanded to make judgments regarding others to determine our own behavior.

Verse 6 Dogs and swine are two very unclean kinds of animals to a Jew and are used here to represent those who do not appreciate the great value of the things of God. We are commanded to figure this out in dealing with others. So, there is a right judgment and discrimination which is different from the wrong judging in the early verses.

Matthew 7:15-20 Again, we are told to make judgments of others who are spokesmen for God.

Matthew 18:15-17 The use of our critical faculties in making value judgment is frequently required in the New Testament.

Matthew 7:1 This passage is concerned with the faultfinding, condemnatory attitude which is too often combined with blindness to one's own failings.

One who has dealt with the beam in his own life has done so by being humble and allowing the grace and mercy of God to enter into his or her life. No one is able to gain true freedom, salvation, or wholeness on his own. Someone who has received God's forgiveness and grace is in a place where he or she can really help someone else to receive the same grace. The heart attitude of one who has been touched by the grace of God is: THANKFUL, HUMBLE, MEEK, COMPASSIONATE, FORGIVING, UNDERSTANDING. Such a blessed soul does not hold an attitude of religious superiority, rather a gentle, caring, eye to eye, face to face, heart to heart attitude.

Ephesians 3:8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ.

I Timothy 1:15 and 16 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.

Those who have not received healing of their own woundedness from the lies they believe tend to be given to performance based Christianity, which is self works with the endeavor to gain that which is only received by grace. These poor souls hold an air of spiritually but in reality are in desperate need of truth and wholeness. These beam holders tend to be: SELF RIGHTEOUS, PRIDEFUL, KNOW-IT-ALLS, and are HARSH, CRITICAL, JUDGMENTAL WITHOUT THE COMPASSION OF CHRIST. Their service to others is most often about themselves and not God or the person they endeavor to help. They feel good about themselves because they have straightened out the other guy.

Matthew 7:2; Luke 6:34-38 The least that such an attitude can expect is to be judged with equal harshness by other men. However, God also is going to judge such a one. Just as He will forgive those who forgive others; He will judge those who judge others.

Romans 14 and 15

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