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‘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?’ (Matthew 7). Jesus is clear when it comes to judging each other; don’t unless
you have faced up to your own issues fi rst! We need to be careful when passing judgment on
others, whether that’s your friend, your parent, your boss or your leader.
Jesus said: ‘Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way as you judge others, you will be
judged and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.’
Chuck Smith puts it like this: ‘You will be judged on the same harsh criteria that you benchmark others
against.’ How horrible our sins look when they are committed by someone else!
We see how Jesus dealt with judgmental attitudes through the story of the adulterous woman in John 8.
Under Jewish law she deserved the death penalty by stoning. When the religious Pharisees bring her in
front of Jesus, He tells them, ‘If any of you is without sin, let him be the fi rst to throw a stone at her.’ Of
course, no one could claim to be without sin and so they melted away. The only person there that day who
could have rightfully judged the woman showed her a totally different attitude. You see, ‘judgmentalism’
very rarely wins people. Jesus chooses to extend the hand of grace. He doesn’t let her off the sin but he
doesn’t condemn her.
What happens when we judge?
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