by Christina Farris
| Matthew 7:1-5 KJV
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
|Jesus taught not to judge, and throughout his ministry he was not very judgmental except when it contain things of the law on loving God. The story of a young lawyer coming to him and asking him what the greatest commandment was demonstrated the correct type of judgment in reponse. What greater law is it to love God and to love others. Yet when it came to the law of adultery Jesus judge the adulterous woman not but told her to go sin no more. The leaders that found the woman in adultery was fixing to stone her and stone her not. Jesus asked the accusers, he without sin cast the first stone. The picture of judgment with Christ was to love and to love despite the sin, and to continue to love.
Jesus taught about judging because often times when people judge they have a problem of their own that is just as wrong or in some cases maybe even worse. How do we love by not judging, yet there is times of judgment, when it comes to society laws to protect a group of people from grossness of sin. I do not think Jesus was teaching against this type of judgment. Who did the woman hurt caught in adultery, only herself, the man she was with and family. It only told good men that did not cheat not to be alone with this woman. Yet Jesus told her go and sin no more. Forgiveness yes, judgment no, correction yes. The woman caught in adultery that day knew what would happen or could happen because of her sin. She had the fear of death in her heart. The reality of forgiveness all in the same day. How man could forgive if their own sin was shown. Two societies Roman and Jewish law mixing. Two laws and society coming together not because it was okay in God's eyes, but society was learning the difference of judgment.Roman would not had judged on sexual immorality but the Jewish law would have. The difference in Democratic thinking and sometimes Republican. Depending on the issue. There things for me that might be legal in the USA I will always believe is wrong in God's eyes, but am tolerant because of the law in how I react to these things. One must decide for themselves are they a type of issue that the law will abound with the sin, or will they judge themselves and forbid the sin in their own life, and be tolerant of others.
Will the story of judgment free be allowed in our society or only in certain groups. Will the law only be applied in the grossness of sin that destory the world and violates others rights. Jesus taught and demonstrated lack of judgment only judgment when talking with the religious leaders about their own sin as well as those in judgment. Let us learn to love as Christ called us to love and even God called us to love.
Dear Heavenly Father may your love abound when sin is hurting only oneself and may your punishment for sin be known to bring about righteousness of faith in you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion: Matthew 22:35-41
35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.