Do Not Judge Me!
Everyone knows Matthew 7 believers and unbelievers alike, do not judge me! As a Christian we judge as in having discernment, but we do not elevate ourself through the judgment of others. It is God through the Holy Spirit who will bring correction and discipline into the heart of a believer. Let's take a deeper look at what judge me really means and how it is used worldly and godly.
Matthew 7:1 ESV “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.
These verses have been adopted by the world and credit is given to karma and other worldly sects. Basically the saying is, what goes around, comes around.
But these verses are much deeper and behind these verses is the power and promise of God.
What this does not mean
Matthew 7:20 NASB So then, you will know them by their fruits. True disciples of Christ are to produce godly fruit and that is proper judgment (Galatians 5:22).
To judge not, is not a blanket excuse for or acceptance of ungodly behavior. So, what is Jesus talking about? The application is attitude. Having sound godly doctrine and judgment is not the problem.
The problem comes with ungodly attitude and motivation
Breakdown of Judgment & Meaning
Judgment described in these verses is focused on the intent to criticize and/or declare guilty as if we are not, which puts us in the place of God. This type of judgment causes the other person to feel beneath others or of no value. This is not the conviction of the Holy Spirit whose purpose for showing guilt is to bring to repentance to be drawn near to God.
This is judgment handed out absent of a humble heart, without the mercy of God, and without the purpose of restoration. Someone with this attitude measures others by their opinions and beliefs. They use guilt to convey unworthiness, inferiority and disapproval. This attitude of judgment comes from pride, offers nothing but destruction, and offers no way of true acquittal.
How Are We Measured
Jesus, God, makes it very clear, the standard by which you judge another person is the standard by which you will be measured by God.
Put another way, you will be expected to practice what you preach
The criticism and disapproval you exhibit to another because they are not meeting your required standard will be the exact same requirements God will expect of you, which of course you can't meet. So, if you believe you are pious because you are a good person and obey laws and you go after others who in your opinion are lower than you, then God will see to it your efforts are frustrated.
1 Peter 5 tells us the following:
Do not be prideful
God frustrates the proud
Satan is looking for someone to devour
This means whether in failure or success you will be miserable because the joy and peace of God is gone. Why? God brings frustration into your life. Understand this is not talking about standing in faith to God's word. This is looking down on others because you have determined you know best.
James 2:13 NASB For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.
Judgment & discern with mercy
Luke 6:35 NASB But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”
Change comes with a price. It cost us our pride, opinions, and rights. It requires denying our flesh and not looking for approval anywhere but from God. We are by nature opinionated, critical, and sinful. We believe in our superiority. But true discernment comes when we humble ourself before God, examine our own heart against the word of God and we do not think we are more than someone else.
Where Does Change Take Place
- Be merciful as God the Father is merciful (James 2:13)
- Pray with God's love for your enemies. It is God to express wrath (Romans 12:19-20; Proverbs 25:21-22)
- Give up your resentment and guilty verdict against others, instead pray for forgiveness (Matthew 6:14-15)
Do not apply this to someone else. This is our relationship with God. Critical judgments, lack of mercy, and not being forgiving are obstacles that keep us immature and block knowing the love of Christ Jesus deeply.
I know God corrects and does what is necessary to bring change to our heart. I know the power, peace, security, and joy of His love. Through circumstances in my life I was given a hunger to go deeper into His love by praying to know Him as my heavenly Father. I began to search His word concerning Him as a Father full of loving-kindness and mercy. Who He gives loving-kindness and mercy to in an intimate way (Psalm 103). This will be an eternal learning.
Philippians 3:10 NASB ...that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
I, by God's grace, love Him more and more. I have by no means arrived but I am looking toward "the prize of the upward call of God in Jesus Christ."
Questions To Ask Oneself
- Do you have to tell people you are a Christian?
- Are you known by those closest to you as one who is merciful and kind?
- Do you inform people how great you are and how much you have changed?
- Are the changes evident to those you say you love?
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