Greetings and Many Blessing,
I would like us to open in Matthew 7: 1-5…“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2 For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 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… While Jesus does tell us not to judge, he is addressing the Pharisee, the outstanding religionists of that day who would condemn other people and condemn them for small sins (the specks in their eye) while they would totally ignore the log in their own eye. The Pharisees are the epitome of hypocritical people. Jesus does not want us to be like them, but what many people miss is the fact that Jesus is exposing their sin. He is doing exactly what many people think He tells us not to do. He wants for us as his followers to discern their sin so we won’t be like them or validate people who are like them. We must be able to differentiate sin from righteousness. We have to be able to tell evil from good. We must be able to discern sin and sinful hearts but at all times we must do it in a Godly way. We must repent of our own sin, especially the sin we hold down inside guarded from all. When we see sin in someone else, instead of condemning them we must move in close with love and gentleness pointing out the sin in a compassionate and caring way. Jesus has cared for us so well, we are to follow his example and care for other people as we call them to repent and turn their lives back towards Christ. At the end of the day we have to ask ourselves one simple question when it comes to sin in our life. Which do I love more, Jesus or my own desires?
Yours in His Service