Yank Your Planks

We continue our 40-day journey deeeeep into the ♥ of Jesus.

We’re sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to the greatest sermon ever preached: the Sermon on the Mount.

Today, Jesus dives right into our hearts again and gives us instructions for how to relate to others in this world. Here’s what he says:

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.

(Matthew 7:1-5)

Jesus on Judging

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We continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

We’re in the midst of a series entitled JESUS ON EVERYTHING, where we’re looking at what Jesus said on a wide variety of subjects with a minimum of commentary from me.

Today’s topic? JUDGING OTHERS.

Jesus said:

Don’t Judge

We continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

Today, Jesus dives right into our hearts again and gives us instructions for how to relate to others in this world. Here’s what he says:

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.

(Matthew 7:1-5)

Don’t Judge

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.
(Matthew 7:1-2)

I’ll admit it — I struggle with these verses.

My sinful nature wants to make snap judgments about everyone the instant I meet ’em. It tries to start a conversation in my head that often goes something like this:

Wow, what’s with that shirt? Looks like he stopped by Goodwill on the way here and pulled something out of the half-price bin. Probably not very successful. And is that a chunk of spinach stuck between his front teeth? Why hasn’t somebody told him it’s there? Probably lives alone. And what’s with that voice? Sounds like he just sucked in some helium. Man, that would get on my nerves. Probably doesn’t have many friends . . . 

It could go on and on and on. I need to ask the Holy Spirit to remind me that each and every person is made in God’s image and is precious in his sight. I need to ask the Holy Spirit to help me look inside a person, not get stuck on the outside. I need to ask the Holy Spirit to help me truly love.

Repeat after me . . .

DO NOT JUDGE

Don’t Judge

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. (Matthew 7:1-2)

I’ll admit it — I struggle with these verses.

My sinful nature wants to make snap judgments about everyone the instant I meet ’em. It tries to start a conversation in my head that goes something like this . . .

Wow, what’s with that shirt? Looks like he stopped by Goodwill on the way here and pulled something out of the half-price bin. Probably not very successful. And is that a chunk of spinach stuck between his front teeth? Why hasn’t somebody told him it’s there? Probably lives alone. And what’s with that voice? Sounds like he just sucked in some helium. Man, that would get on my nerves. Probably doesn’t have many friends . . .

It could go on and on. I need to ask the Holy Spirit to remind me that each and every person is made in God’s image and is precious in His sight. I need to ask the Holy Spirit to help me look inside a person, not get stuck on the outside. I need to ask the Holy Spirit to help me love.

Click here for a rather touching and humbling lesson on the perils of judging someone based on the way they look.

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