With great confidence people will often quote twisted scripture and skewed ideas they’re convinced represent God’s thoughts and perspective. Some of these diverged ideals have become so common they’ve even been absorbed as truth into our contemporary church culture. These ways of thinking are popular, but misleading. This message series will help us translate what God really says.
People often only take the two words “Judge Not” from Jesus’ teachings and translate that to mean we are supposed to simply mind our own business and “live and let live.” Actually, God formed the church for community, accountability, honesty, and healthy relationships.
Do not judge.
Thou shalt not size me up and write me off.
Why do we judge?
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! 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. Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.
Jesus commands us to deal with our own issues to help others with their issues.
Judge Not is not equal to Care Not.
You size people up and write them off.
If the sin of others does not break your heart, it’s probably because your heart has never been broken by your own sin.
You size people up and walk away.
You can see clearly now. The plank is gone.
You’ve been sized up and refuse to listen.
Defensiveness ensures that your past will continue to show up in your future.