Judging Graciously

May 30,  2021 | A Better Treasure | Seeing Clearly & Judging Graciously | Matthew 7:1-6

“Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.  Why do you see 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,’ when there is the log in your own eye?  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.  “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you. Matthew 7:1-6 

The Bible is a book that makes judgments, sets standards, defines boundaries. It communicates what is righteous before God and what is sinful.

What is Jesus teaching us in Matt 7:1? Jesus is not dealing with examining things in accordance with Scripture and recognizing if something lines up. It’s really about why and how we make our evaluations, and what we do after that.

The idea is going beyond mere discernment and genuine concern for a brother or sister in sin but we hypocritically ignore our own failure, assume a role of superiority, and harshly condemn a person in sin. How do we know if we are guilty of this?

Presumptuously: We make assumptions about a person’s motives or intentions without merit.

Self-Righteously: We make our personal preferences and perspectives the ultimate standard.

Hypocritically: We are more bothered by someone else’s sin than we are broken over our own.

Mercilessly: We dismiss the person because we disagree with their position.

What if Jesus were to deal with you with the same grace you deal with others? How do we avoid this?

• See yourself and others through the lens of the Gospel

• Deal with your own sin before dealing with the sin of others

• In Love, walk with fellow believers towards sanctification

• We pray for Spiritual transformation

• We meet them where they are.

• We recognize the goal is not persuasion, but conversion.

• We trust God’s timing

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