“Don’t judge me.” We’ve all heard the phrase, and most of us have probably said it. Jesus said similar: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” But Jesus isn’t saying right and wrong don’t exist — he’s addressing the importance of dealing with our own sin instead of criticizing the shortcomings of others.
Only one Kingdom lasts forever.
1 Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “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? 4 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? 5 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.
Relentlessly point the finger at yourself.
Taking your own sin to the Lord is humbling but healthy.
Criticizing others is easy but destructive.
6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
In love, the Judge became the judged.