“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2 For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:1-5) Read the whole chapter here.

There are right ways to judge others, and there are wrong ways to judge others. Jesus is laying out some ground rules here. Jesus lays out a few things we should all be aware of:

1. The standard we use to judge others, will be the standard God uses to judge us.

So, remember that God is looking at our heart and intentions, don't judge others too quickly. 

2. Deal with our own sin before confronting someone else's.

Before you ever call anyone out for their sin, bring your own sin to God first. You're just as sinful as the next person, and need the grace of God.

3. Judge Christians and non-Christians differently.

It is not our responsibility to judge non-Christians. That is God's responsibility. Lost people will act lost, and we shouldn't pretend to be the morality police.

 

Ask God today to show you the sin that is hidden in your heart, and begin today to see others as he does: with grace and love.

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