The parable of Judge not teaches the consequences of judging or condemning others. First look at yourself and correct the flaws in your character. It is easy to find fault with others but not so easy to find fault within you.
Matthew 7:1-5; Luke 6:37
Everyone knows someone who knows more than anyone else. These people are quick to judge or pronounce some kind of judgment or opinion concerning the right and wrong of some manner. Sometimes these people are right and sometimes they are wrong. Jesus was telling us that we should not judge others so that we will not be judged on that same matter.
This can cover everything in your life. If you tell a school mate that they are wrong for cheating on a test then you had better not cheat on a test. If you judge a bully for bullying then you cannot be a bully. If you judge someone for giving dirty mean looks then you cannot be giving mean dirty looks. If you judge someone then you will be judged by the LORD on that same judgment.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:2 reminds you that however you judge you shall be judged. Whatever you use to measure that judgment it shall be measured to you. If you use the Bible as your measuring stick then you have to live by the Bible. If you tell someone that they are going against the teachings of Jesus and you do not walk on the same path as Jesus then you are as wrong as the person you judged.
How can you say to your brother, let me pull out the mote or a twig out of your eye when you have a beam out of your own eye. Jesus certainly did understand how human nature was. It is easy to see when someone is doing something wrong. But it is very hard to see what it is we are doing wrong.
Jesus tells us how to deal with this problem. First you must remove the beam out of your own eye and then you shall see clearly to remove the twig out of the other person’s eye. An example of this is if you see your brother or sister is not doing their school work and you judge them as being lazy. Then you discover that your school work is not done. To remove the beam from your eye would mean looking at why your school work is not done. Maybe you did not understand it. You talk with your brother or sister and find out they did not understand their school work would be removing the twig from their eye. You judged them as being lazy and it had nothing to do with laziness it had to do with not understanding. You judged incorrectly.
Luke 6:37 says the same thing in a little different way. “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:”
What Can This Lesson Teach Us?
This is such an important parable of Jesus to understand. The parable of “Judge Not” teaches the consequences of judging or condemning others. First look at yourself and correct the flaws in your character. It is easy to find fault with others but not so easy to find fault within you.
No one person is perfect and everyone makes mistakes we need to look at others without judging them on their mistakes or actions. We should not condemn anyone unless we want to be condemned. Condemn is another word for judge. We have to be careful not to condemn or criticize others unless we are sure we are judging them without any kind of a beam in our eyes.
The problem is that sometimes we judge a person only on the outside and never find out what is on the inside of that person. We do not get to know a person for who they really are. It is hard being nice to mean people. We need to try to see good in others instead of judging them. That is what Jesus would have us to do.
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