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Of Spoons and Shovels

Of Spoon and Shovel
Of Spoons and Shovels

For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. (Matthew 7:2 NASB)

This is one of the four things Jesus talks about in the sermon on the mount that is reciprocal. This means that judgment, like mercy, forgiveness and money, come to you using your unit of measure for spreading it.

If you hand out judgment with a teaspoon, judgment comes back you by by the teaspoon, but if you spread it out front loader, you better build a bigger barn for all the judgment that is coming your way.

Here is the thing about judgment. It is in fact important for us to be discerning, and to be willing to halt the progress of sin in our lives and in the lives of those we love. But there is a very important HOW TO we must get.

Jesus lays it out in verse 12

Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12 NASB)

This must become our personal MO (TV cop lingo – modus operandi – method of operation)

So when doling out mercy, forgiveness, when being generous with your money – take out the old shovel, but when it comes to judging others, you might want to get your implement from the silverware drawer.

BenThanks for coming by.

See you again soon.


0 thoughts on “Of Spoons and Shovels

  1. bettydraper1947

    Well said my brother...those scriptures are so black and white, no gray in them at all. The shovel and spoon gave me a picture I will use and God will use in my heart till he takes me home.

  2. Debbie

    Thank you, Mr. Ben, for showing us through His words, that while judgement is needed . .to really make sure it's needed before hand. I'm thinking a lot of what I might want to judge really just needs mercy. God bless you as you teach us!

  3. jaels

    Ah ha ha--I love this!! You're so good at the visual illustrations--which really work for me, they stick in my mind: I'll forever see the big front loader vs. the lovely "dainty" teaspoon in my drawer! Terrific--thanks and God bless you!

    1. Ben Nelson

      Or how about Larry's eye dropper - i liked that one too - thanks must for doing all this back homework- i am really honored by you going through a whole week in one shot! Your a good friend.

      1. jaels

        What can I say? You can't keep this kiddo down--so don't even go there (satan!). It's sure good to be back in class--you truly teach well, and help me a lot; and I appreciate that you allow for the back and forth (whether it's a question or 2 cent opinion). Thanks, also, for reading my poetry--it must have some purpose, or God wouldn't have gifted me, and assigned me a spot on the blogs, right?


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