“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use for judging is the standard by which you will be judged. And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye, when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye, when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye, then you will see well enough to see to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5 NLT
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1 NIV
I needed to use both translations today, so sorry if that feels a little redundant.
I do my best as a Christian to live a life that is pleasing to my savior. I don’t claim to be perfect, and the Lord knows, I’ve made mistakes. I want to be clear, that I realize I’m a mess, and that I STILL need grace every day!
A lot of people don’t like to touch on this subject because they don’t want to come across as judging others while they write about that very thing, but I feel compelled to write about today.
As a former bible quizzer, I still love scripture, and when things like this pop out at you as if you’re reading it for the first time, I love it even more!
As I was spending time with God tonight, researching this topic that was placed on my heart, and listening to Bethel church spontaneous worship, (LOVE THEM)
So my GOD is a LOVING GOD, and my GOD offers grace for free for everyone!
I just want to talk about Paul for a second. Saul (whose name changes to Paul, I believe you can look that up in acts chapter 13th…) persecuted CHRISTIANS. The bible says he breathed out murderous threats toward them. (ACTS 9.) He was….Well the opposite of being a Christian. He didn’t want anything to do with God, and he didn’t like HIS (God’s people.)
So God comes to him and asks him why he’s doing this, and in the long run, Saul ends up blind for three days.
I love this though….God calls a disciple to go and place his hands on Saul, and heal him, but this person called Ananias is afraid because Saul has permission from the chief priest to arrest those who call on God’s name.
But this is God’s reply “ Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
Ananias did go, and restore Saul’s sight with the power of God, of course. Saul was baptized, and went on to preach the gospel to many.
Now I could have wrote down the whole story word for word, but I really want you to pull out your bible, and read it for yourself. You should never just take someones word for it.
I really want to touch on something though. GOD LOVED PAUL** ENOUGH TO PURSUE HIM! He didn’t judge him for his past, but rather focused on his future. He didn’t give up on him. He showed him mercy; mercy that he didn’t deserve.
Want to know something? None of us deserve grace or mercy. If we had to earn it, I fear none of us would. But that’s the thing, God wants us. He doesn’t spend hours contemplating our pasts, and mistakes; when we ask for forgiveness, it’s as far as the east is from the west.
Which brings me back to the scriptures that I started with.
If God can show mercy and grace to someone like Paul, how can we withhold it from those around us? Shame on us! Non believers need to see that we’re different. I never want someone to look at me and see the world. I want them to know I’m different. I don’t want them to be afraid to be real with me. I don’t want them to feel like they can’t come to God because of who they were. God wants them as they are!
This goes for those in the church as well. I’ve seen so many Christians walk away, or leave the church because they feel judged or not worthy. Forgive me, if I’ve ever made someone feel this way. We need to focus more on loving others, and building them up, then reminding them of who they were.
God’s doesn’t remind you of your past. Accept others with the same grace.
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.” 2nd Corithians 5:17.
I challenge you to remember this in your day to day life; when you look at someone, tell yourself… He/She is NEW!!