Jul
08

Who Made You the Judge?

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Who Made You the Judge?

By Eddie Lawrence

Introduction: Is it wrong to judge other people? Well you may say, “Jesus said you can tell a tree by the fruit it bears.” He did say that. Yes you may be able to see someone else’s sin or weakness, but the ability to see that does not give you the credential to judge. Jesus had some instruction about judgment for us:

Text: Matthew 7:1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

1.  Do Not Judge

Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that you be not judged. 

-There is not much debate about what NOT means.

2. Judging Brings Judgment

Matthew 7:1 “Judge not, that you be not judgedFor with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.

A. The size hammer you swing toward others will be swung at you.

B. You set yourself up as a judge, then you will be judged by that same standard.

C. Judging returns to you and exposes you in the same area you judged someone else.

3. Check Under Your Own Hood

When tempted to judge others, remember to examine your own life.

Matthew 7:And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 

4. Carelessly Judging Others is Hypocrisy

Matthew 7: 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

5. Choose to Be A Healer and Not a Hypocrite

Matthew 7:Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

 

– When you see a hindrance in another’s life, make sure it is not in your own, and then seek to help them live life as an overcomer.

– Most of the time when Christians judge others, the result is punitive and harmful. Our hearts are to be directed in bringing people into wholeness and health.

– Anyone who has ever been the subject of mean spirited judging realizes how devastating and harmful it can be.

Conclusion: It boils down to this – Will we obey Jesus and stop judging people in a way that drives them from grace and start seeing through clear eyes that have been healed by the mercy and love of God? Will we begin offering to help people find the power to overcome through Jesus Christ?

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Comments

  1. Mike Doss says:

    1Cor 5:3-5 (KJV)
    3) For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, 4) In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5) To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 
    Sorry, Rather too simplistic a treatment of this subject for me.  Had a whole sermon to state but then I remembered it was just a comment. By the way, in your introduction, Christ was telling his followers how they could "judge" between the false and the true. It does imply much more than just to "see". To be a fruit inspector IS to be a judge.
    A lot more I could say (preach) on this but as I said, it's just a comment. Wouldn't have made a comment at all but I feel strongly about this one. Satan is hiding behind this and trying to paralyze God's church with the statement "who are you to judge".
    I would rethink this one and put a little more meat on it. Who made me the judge?? That would be God and His call to live and preach according to His Holy Word. But man is He watching what I do with that judgment.

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