Matt 7:2-5 “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged [if we judge with an evil heart or dark intent, His judgment of us will reflect it; if we judge nobly with honesty and justice, His judgment of us will reflect that, too], and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you [if we use extremes or exaggerations or other ignoble means, His judgment of us will reflect it and judging with fairness and compassion will garner likewise in His judgment of us]. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye [point out his sins, “minor” in Jesus’ example here] and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye [our own sins, even and especially those we will not admit, magnified by our selective blindness]? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ [tell him of his “minor” sins] when all the time there is a plank in your own eye [that there are greater or the same sins in our own lives which we do nothing about or think we are above]? You hypocrite* [pointing out the sins of others while by pretense thinking of ourselves as above sin], first take the plank out of your own eye [sincerely ask the Lord for forgiveness and learn and live the Truth and Light by His Word], and then you will see clearly [be in a righteous position] to remove the speck from your brother’s eye [to judge and to help him out of his bondage to sin].” At Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan, Jesus was talking to the multitudes gathered there after hearing of His message and of His healings to beseech them to not become like the pharisees and hypocrites who think they are above sin.
Who here can honestly say they are free from sin to the point that they can freely judge someone else? I have seen it all around me and at times am guilty of this myself.
What I try to press upon myself is that *I* cannot judge anyone, certainly not a sinner like myself….what I can do is control my own reactions to how I react (and yes…at times hard to NOT do this)….if something displeases me so and it’s in my best interest to leave the situation then that’s what I should do. Sure we can counsel someone if their actions hurt us but if the person doesn’t change will you continue to sit there in silent judgement?
Doesn’t make sense.
I honestly don’t think anyone here is free from sin, free enough to point fingers at another person and condemn their actions. No Saints here….
However, we also cannot allow individuals to simple act out in such a manner it creates societal discord. (That’s why laws are in place to control our behavior). I digress but it galls me to see people condemn others when their own actions betray their impure hearts.
If you judge…you will be judged by that measure.