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Wrong Tree

treeDo not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. - Matthew 7:1-2 NASB

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in his book ‘The Cost of Discipleship’ relates our judging of one another to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The idea is that when we judge others, we are in effect relying on our own ‘knowledge of good and evil’ to make sense of what someone else is doing or saying, which is after all the forbidden fruit.

This was the temptation that brought down the entire human race! I want to be like God. I want to be able to distinguish between good and evil, and I set myself up as judge.

The thing is, the very eating of this fruit, bars access to the tree of life. When we judge men, we presume to KNOW them. We become pretenders sitting in Christ’s judgment seat.

How many times have I eaten this fruit, only to find it rotten in my belly? I judge, I pronounce my decision on the matter, then God opens the matter up for all to see. I have created wounds where I should have been offering the healing balm of Christ’s compassion. I build walls that separate between my brothers and me, rather than pressing for unity, and love.

The fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is poison and brings death. [Tweet This]

There is a tree of life.

Let’s choose better fruit today.

Ben NelsonThanks for coming by.

Shine where you're screwed in!

Ben

5 thoughts on “Wrong Tree

  1. Heather Mertens @ 40YearWanderer

    Great post Ben. I think most Christians don't really understand this. Maybe that is why it is hard to separate judging the fruit verses judgmental bias. I know it isn't easy and I "get it"! I trust Him to guide in that too and repent for when I go the wrong way.
    Thanks for your great posts!
    -Heather

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  2. Felecia

    I don't think I will ever stop my judging ways. From the way someone lives to how many items they're carrying in the 10 items or less lane ... I judge. Its wrong. I know it. I constantly catch myself judging and must stop and confess and repent. Truthfully, it's been easier to stop judging the tougher stuff. The "heaven and earth" shattering stuff. How I now love to say, "I won't judge, God is the only judge." and go on my way showing love and compassion rather than suspicion and criticism. I rather like that this is a daily struggle for me. To struggle to be more like Him. To have to work at it. Don't judge me, I'm weird!
    Blessings,
    Felecia

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Love the struggle - and me too! I once realized that i was not judging others they way i expected them to judge me. I cut myself all kinds of slack and mitigate and excuse, but never give any of that away to others. Hmmm- what happened to 'do unto others'

      Let's stick to the fight to be more like Christ - i am with you sis!

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