Are we supposed to judge?

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Matthew 7:1–5

1 “Judge not, that you be not judged.

2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.

3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?

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?

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

On a day-to-day basis, judge yourself.  Look at your own life, examine your own motives, and check out your own emotions and motives.  Every day ask the question to the Lord that the Psalmist did, “Search me oh God and know my heart, try me and know my thoughts, and see if there be any wicked way in me.” In humility look at how you feel about things and see if you showed the love of the Father through your life.

We need to be judges of our own hearts first and foremost and always.  My own heart is so quick to judge others for not doing it “my way.”  And, of course, “my way” is always the best way.  I quickly develop a beam in my eye to judge all who are not like me.  Jesus here is speaking directly into my heart telling me to consistently remove the beam of self-judgment, self-direction, self-righteousness, and criticism of all who don’t do it my way from my own eye.  Then, when I have carefully, humbly and righteously judged my self, then and only then I will be able to see clearly to judge someone else who has simple speck of saw dust in their eye.

Jesus did not give a prohibition of judging others.  No, Jesus has taught us how to judge others.  You will never judge another correctly until you have fully judged yourself and removed the error from your own eye.  So, until you have dealt with the 2×4 in your own eye, “judge not.”

When it comes to the “one another’s” of the Bible, we are told to pray one for another.  We have brothers and sisters in Christ who are carrying really heavy burdens and need more than a Sunday morning, “Good to see you.”  As the Lord burdens your heart to pray for someone, call them or text them and let them know that you are praying for them.  Fulfill this “one another.”

 

We had a special joy Sunday morning when the whole Bramham family, Yolanda included, came walking into church.  On Sunday, January 14th, Yolanda had an aneurism in her brain.  On Wednesday she had major brain surgery to clamp off the aneurism.  She was told that she would be up to five weeks in ICU, then a few weeks in therapy.  Well, as of Sunday, she has already completed therapy and has been sent home!  God has answered all prayers for Yolanda and her families.  While God did not stop the aneurism, He did step in and brought healing quicker than her doctors have ever seen.  We rejoiced as she told us the story and then joined them in prayer rejoicing in wonderful healing hand of God Almighty.

 

Have a great day in the Lord,
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