Matthew 7:1-6

“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. 6) “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”

Ok, think about the last time you talked about someone. Was it good? Was it bad? Was it judgmental?

I have heard several people make the comments: “that’s not for me to judge,” or “we are not to judge people.” This is partially true. We do have to be extremely careful with the word “judge.”

In Matthew 7:1 the word “judge” comes from the Greek word Krino, which primarily denotes to separate, select, choose, hence, to determine, and so to judge, pronounce judgement. (from the Vine’s Expository Dictionary)

In Matthew 7, Jesus is telling us to be careful about judging others, because how we judge them is how we will be judged. Ouch! Hope that judgment you last made was an easy one, and not a harsh one. Luke 6:37 says “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you shall be forgiven.” John 8:7, Jesus said “he who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”

Jesus also tells us we need to look at ourselves before we go judging others, because most of the time we have a tree sticking out of our eye when we are trying to tell someone about the tiny speck in their eye. He calls that being a “Hypocrite!”

We need to take our problems with someone to God first. Ask Him to reveal our “plank” and remove it. Then ask Him if we are suppose to go to that person. If He does, ask Him for the words – Do Not use your own words.

Now, where we are suppose to use judgment is with the enemy. Verse 6 tells us we are Not to associate ourselves with the enemy of the Gospel. This is not talking about those who just don’t believe. It is talking about those who are against God, His people, and everything He is and says is right and true.

We all struggle with walking this line; but before we open our mouths – shut them and take it to the Lord.

This world is so full of division, unkindness, and hatred – let’s not be a part of that. Let’s let God’s light shine through us, and shine bright in this dark world. Galatians 6:1 says “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.”

Also, lets remember we are not fighting against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12), we are fighting against satan and his army.

So, that person we are talking about or confronting, needs our prayers more than our gossip or opinions. So let’s do some “logging” so we don’t knock them in the head with our plank because we think we are right or because we just don’t like what they said or did. Always take it to God first, get in His Word and show them His way and what He says about the situation.

This is the month of love, what a better time to start loving our enemies and our neighbors, than in the month of February.

Matthew 22:39 “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Matthew 5:44 “But, I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who cruse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,”

Let’s show this world what God’s love looks like!

“LOGGING” By Rhonda Lange

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