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What did Jesus say about Judging? Unscrambling Judgment – Part 2

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Do not judge lest you be judged. (Matthew 7:1 NASB)

We are looking this week at what might be a bit controversial – When should a Christian be judgmental?

This one statement of Jesus “Do not judge” is not by any means the whole Biblical teaching on judging. In fact it is not the only thing that Jesus says on judging. So lets turn on some light.

Move down the page a few verses:

And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? (Matthew 7:3-4 NASB)

Jesus here is talking about picking the speck out of a friends eye when you have a log in your own eye. At first glance it sounds like He is saying the same thing, but look at how it ends.

You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:5 NASB)

As you can see, you are still instructed to help you brother with the speck in his eye, but only after you have taken care of the problem in your own eye.

Now look at John 7:24. Again Jesus is speaking:

Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.

This He said when He was under attack from the Jews in the temple. He basically told them to look at the works He was doing, and judge whether or not He was doing the will of the Father.

If we were accused (falsely or otherwise) today in one of our Churches, would our response be "judge me with righteous judgment", or would it be "you have no right to judge me". I expect that many of us would have to answer the later.

The fact is, the New Testament tells us to judge repeatedly and gives us many examples of Jesus and the apostles judging.

Tomorrow we will look at a few specific examples.

BenSee you then.

Tell me what your learning.



0 thoughts on “What did Jesus say about Judging? Unscrambling Judgment – Part 2

  1. jaels

    I think people fear, have no confidence in, being judged within the Church/Body--because too often they've seen/experienced that it is not done "rightly". God is the Perfect Judge; man--not hardly much. I heard two recent messages (separate churches/pastors) that we should not condemn, neither compromise; and not judge with haste, neither indifference. Two cents...I'll put it on your tab.

    1. Ben Nelson

      That is such a great point Jael! I totally get that church discipline has been completely ruined. And these hurts just don't go away, because (satan is so sneaky) the place where they are supposed to be healed is now anathema to them. It's interesting to me that you picked up on the Church discipline aspect. I only slipped that into the post at the last minute, and wondered if i should.

      It would probably be a good topic to follow up with at the end of the series.

      Thanks much for the feed back - send me the bill!

  2. Debbie

    I think that I would be one to say don't judge, instead of judge me rightly. So thank you, Mr. Ben, for showing me that I do need judged righteously. God bless you as you wade into the thick of this!


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