Chapter-4.3   Seven Lessons On Judgment

3. Finding meekness in judgment

Matthew 7:1-5 (NIV – New International Version). As we shall see in these verses below, Jesus offers comprehensive guidance on judgment:

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” *1*.

Point one is very clear. You will be judged with the same intensity and harshness you use in judging others. This applies to the great bye and bye, as well as the very present here and now! Jesus recognizes that we need to make judgments in this world, like determining if someone is a person we can trust or should follow. He is calling us to recognize the universal law of judgment (verse 2), and too use wisdom and compassion.

Point two is that we need to walk the road of self examination with ruthless honesty. In verse 5 above, we are called to take the ‘plank out of our own eye’ — in rare instances, this might be able to be done by an individual intently looking at themselves in a mirror. More likely, it will require the assistance of a trusted friend. Trusted, because our eyesight is one of our greatest assets, and because we are most vulnerable during this process. But this teaching exposes the deep reality that through the process of denial, we are frequently blind to the sin in our lives. The Bible teaches that there is a deceitfulness to sin (it actually blinds us to what we are doing and it’s potential consequences or dangers to us). *2*. Because of this element, we frequently need the help of someone who has overcome temptations in this area so that we can find our way to a more stable path.

Point three, after all of that has been done, we are now in a position to assist in the removal of the speck we saw in our brother’s eye. We are more sensitive, and probably more genuine in our concern. And that concern is valid because if it is not removed, the speck will likely cause an infection which might lead to the loss of sight in our brother’s eye. And now, when we approach in meakness, our offer to help will more likely be accepted.

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References

*1* Matthew 7:1-5 (NIV – New International Version) – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Matthew%207:1-5&version=NIV

*2* Hebrews 3:13 – (NIV – New International Version) – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Hebrews%203:13&version=NIV
 
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