The words do not judge never were intended to be an excuse for anyone to say, don’t judge me. I can do anything I want to. There are decisions you make in life, and there are either good or bad consequences for every one of them. A major problem is you judge people in how they live their lives and what you like and don’t like about them. I challenge you to be slow to judge others and quick to judge yourself. (Peace in the World Begins with You)
When I said, do not judge, I was speaking about how you critique others in your life. The way you judge others is how you will face judgment. It is impossible to judge anyone with a pure heart because the Heavenly Father is the only one that knows the story and the hidden motives behind what has taken place. Therefore, when you see someone’s faults, you should first be aware of your mistakes and shortcomings and your need for forgiveness.
Don’t be guilty of observing the speck in your brother or sister’s eye and not seeing the six-foot plank protruding from yours. It would be wise to find the plank protruding from your eye before you try to remove the speck from their eye. My grace extends to you, so you need to extend that same grace to them. Don’t be hypocritical, expecting them to be perfect when you fall on your face in that regard.
Don’t be guilty of playing a role that only I can handle. It is best to err on the side of love and be careful how you speak for me into the life of anyone but yourself. If you let my words speak and give my love shine through you, people will be far more receptive to loving and following me. Your priority is to work on changing yourself and then be careful about how you talk about others. (Let Me Guard the Words of Your Mouth) Remember, be slow to judge others and quick to judge yourself.
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. Mathew 7:1-5 NIV
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