Monday, October 19, 2015

Mind Your Own Business


Your job is not to judge. Your job is not to figure out if someone deserves something. Your job is to lift the fallen, to restore the broken, and to heal the hurting.:
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Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in 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! –Jesus
Matthew 7:1-5 (NLT)

Don’t judge me!

Mind your own business because you too will be judged.

How dare you! You have far more of your own sin to deal with than what you detect in me.

This is Jesus’ lesson, right?

Not. So. Fast.

In an excellent and challenging sermon, Andy Stanley points out that Jesus’ lesson doesn’t end there, but continues:

First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. (Matthew 7:5 – Jesus' words, emphasis mine)

Do you need to read that again?

Jesus isn’t saying ‘Do not judge’, rather, first recognize and get control of your own sin in preparation for helping friends and family deal with theirs. Self awareness provides perspective into the affect sin has on your life so you can warn those you love to avoid the same consequences.

Love one another. Jesus’ brand of love can’t stand by while a friend ruins their life. It’s not better or right, but humble and concerned.

Challenging? Definitely.

Uncomfortable? Absolutely.

Radical? Of course!

Does this change your understanding of judging others?
Do you agree/disagree?

I highly recommend viewing the entire sermon at Ncommandments.org.

#SeedsOfScripture #donotjudge @AndyStanley #ncommandments

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for this. I get upset when others say, "They can't judge me" I bring them to that verse. What is judging anyway? It is weighing the facts. It is not condemnation. I think we often get our terminology wrong. What a blessing to read this.

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    1. I think you'd really enjoy the entire sermon at NCommandments.org. It's #6. Andy Stanley is a master preacher. So good.

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