September 3, 2018

Matthew 7:1-2…Judge not, that ye be not judged, for with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged, and with what measure ye mete. it shall be measured to you again.

My prayer to God is that the LORD will open our eyes to know Him more and more as we continue to serve Him in Jesus Name. Paul prays this prayer in Philippians 3:10  when he says “That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings being made conformable unto his death.”  When you read through the scriptures, and see the LOVE he showered on mankind even after they have sinned against him, you will desire to want to know God more because human beings do not know how to express such love. We are quick to pass judgment on one another. We easily condemn other people for doing wrong when we too are far from being perfect. We always forget that we too have our own weaknesses. The Bible says when you disobey one law, you are guilty of all.Therefore it is better that we do not judge anyone, because when we do, we are also subjecting ourselves to the same judgment.

Let us examine the scriptures to learn from one example of passing judgment on another person. In the Book of John, we read thus  “the scribes and the Pharisees brought unto him (Jesus) a woman taken in adultery, and when they had set her in the midst, They say 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?…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 to 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 conscience, went out one by one, and Jesus was left alone and the woman standing in the midst…And Jesus said unto her, Where are thy accusers? hath no one condemned thee? She said No man Lord. And Jesus said to her, Neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more” (John 8: 1-12) . Wow!!! The king of the Universe did not condemn this woman but told her “NOT TO SIN NO MORE”  Those people were ready to stone her to death. The only one that was fit to judge was Jesus himself. He is the Judge of the whole world.

Many times we find ourselves condemning other people for whatever they have done wrong. Unfortunately we cannot see ourselves and some of us do not want to hear anything we are doing that are not right either. We prefer to be praised rather than to be accused. But when we compare what we do with what we read in the scriptures, if we want to be truthful to ourselves, we will see that none of us measures up. It is just pure grace of God that we are all enjoying. Paul the apostle declares in Romans 7:18-19..”For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing, for to will is present with me, but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would, I do not, but the evil which I would not, I do.”  Therefore all of us go through this struggle, so we should not condemn or judge any one that is still in the process of trying to get it. Some of us have gone through many situations that are worse, we could not tell any one, and the LORD knew about them. He did not give up on us but wait patiently for us like the prodigal son. Remembering what we have been through in the past, should caution us not to pass any judgment on any one. We are not supposed to judge any one, as the scripture has rightly pointed to us , so that we should also not be judged by the same measure. The  LORD does not want us to be happy when our enemies are being judged. We should not even say “they deserved the punishment they are being given”. Proverbs 24:17-18 says “Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth. Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turns away his wrath from him.” So brothers and sisters, do not judge so that you will not be judged.

Prayer…Lord help me to live righteously and to pray for others so that they too can live right.

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