Lessons from Part 3 of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount
- Don’t judge others; leave that to God (7:1-6)
- Pray to God, seek Him out, and knock at His door (7:7-12)
- Finding and following God can be hard, but it is worth it (7:13-14)
- Beware of those who would lead you down the wrong path (7:15-20)
- To withstand hard times, you must have a relationship with Christ (7:24-27)
In Matthew 7:1-5, Jesus tells us the following:
Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
“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? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Christians aren’t supposed to judge others; we’re supposed to leave that up to God. Sometimes people hold others up to higher standards than they hold themselves. I’ve caught myself judging someone else for doing the exact same thing I had once done, while excusing the fact that I had done it because I had ‘good reasons’ for it. That isn’t okay. It’s hypocritical, and rather than doing that, I need to examine my own behavior. It isn’t always easy to admit to yourself that you’re being judgmental or hypocritical, but it’s entirely necessary.
Just because Christians shouldn’t judge doesn’t mean we should approve of bad behavior. If you know someone is stealing, you don’t have to approve of it, but you do have to refrain from labeling them as an all-around bad person. It isn’t our place to do that, it’s God’s.
Take a look at Galatians 1:10:
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Christians aren’t supposed to be concerned with pleasing others, but rather with pleasing God. So why should you expect someone else to care if you’re judging them? Instead of wasting your time judging someone’s behavior, offer them judgement-free help.
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