Monday, March 14, 2011

Judging Is Dangerous Work - 40 Days Of Love

Be careful how you view those around you.

Matthew 7:1-5  “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?

5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

John 3:17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

Isn't it crazy? The one person that had the right to walk around all day pointing his finger and passing judgement is the only guy that never did? How crazy is it that we walk around knowing that we are doing as well as we are only because of the grace of God and then we cop an attitude and think that we are better than the next guy?

Jesus taught that we are to love without judging but in the next breath he taught that we are supposed to be discerning. Look at it in Matthew 7:6 Jesus tells us not to "throw our pearls to the pigs" and yet we are to not be judgemental. Huh?

We are allowed to stand up for what is right but what we don't have the priveledge to do is to judge the thoughts and motives of others. We have to be careful that we dont excuse the sin but we have to accept the sinner.

John 8:7 “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”

Lord help us to remember that we are nothing without you and that we need to give out grace and mercy and be willing to show them love and help them without condemning them.