Matthew 7:1-2 "Do not judge and criticize and condemn others, so that you may not be judged and criticized and condemned yourselves.
" For just as you judge and criticize and condemn others, you will be judged and criticized and condemned, and in accordance with the measure you [use to] deal out to others, it will be dealt out again to you."
This is huge!
This is a clear explanation of the "rules of behavior" GOD expects from every believer, because judging others is a very dangerous activity. We are setting ourselves up for our own failure...
A pastor in Bridgeport, Conn., dropped dead in front of members of his congregation in March 2014 after admitting that he had an extramarital affair in the past. The incident took place in front of shocked parishioners, who believe that this was a form of swift and divine retribution for the pastor's illicit affair.
“After the service on Sunday, the bishop’s family asked us to remain in the church and confessed to us something that happened long ago,” parishioner J S said. “He wanted to come clean with all of us. He wanted to ask our forgiveness.”
It has also been reported that the pastor's wife and family actually coerced the public admission out of him...
Do not judge means exactly that, "do not judge" - it is not our job!
IF you insist on the right to judge others...
Then that automatically becomes the measuring stick of how GOD will judge you!
It is a inherent "built-in" result or consequence.
John 7:53 - 8:11 solidifies the Do Not Judge teaching:
Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They said unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord.
And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
What did Jesus write? Something like, If you guys insist on stoning this woman, I will reveal what you have been doing in your imagination. I know every unclean thing in your thoughts, and I will reveal the details to everyone. It's up to you. Stick around and judge this woman, or take the opportunity to leave before I expose you!"
"Is there any sin worse than adultery?"
Many say no. Why do they feel that way?
Yet Jesus, in the above scripture gave the "woman taken in adultery" the opportunity to "go and sin no more."
Jesus refused to condemn her.
No sin is worse than any other sin. Sin is sin, period. We are to see sin for what it is - Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death..."
We act as if it says, "the wages of certain sins is death..." Some sins are popular - like lying. They say "lying can be OK, after all everyone lies!"
Try telling that to Ananias and Sapphira, the married couple who were both slain during a church service in Acts 5...
Here is the "key" to life, and pleasing GOD...
I am required to judge only my own sin. Trust me, that's a full-time job!
How do I do that?
In Genesis 39 - The wife of Potiphar kept after Joseph to have sex with her. He refused her. She kept asking him. Finally, Joseph ran from the house. She grabbed his garment, called the servants and told them that Joseph had tried to rape her. She told her husband. Because she had the "evidence" - the garment Joseph left behind - Potiphar threw Joseph in jail.
I wonder how many agreed with the wife of Potiphar? I wonder how many were happy to see Joseph put in jail?
Isn't it interesting that GOD didn't agree! GOD saw everything. Did it stop Joseph from going to prison? No, it did not - but GOD used it to put Joseph into the position where he could be more effective. We cannot judge others because we do not have a clue what goes on in someone else's life.
I wonder what happened to the wife of Potiphar? After all, she lied!
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