Do not judge, for only God sits that high
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye’; and look, a plant is in your own eye? You hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” — Matthew 7:1-5 NKJV
It is easy to see the faults and shortcomings of others. Also, it is easy to tell others about improvements and adjustments they need to take in order to bring their lives up to the right standards as we see them.
Unless we are governed by brotherly love as in Romans 13:10 — “Love does no harm to a neighbor” — we can become so concerned about people’s error and mistakes that we become fault finders. At the same time, we may pass this practice off as a form of fruit inspecting.
In our text for today, Jesus gave a strong admonition against a judgmental attitude. He would have each one of us to look into the mirror and discover our own needs for improvement and corrections. Soul searching is to be done in the heart and life of each individual before we are tempted to magnify the mistakes of others. One place to do soul searching is at communion time when we partake of the Lord’s Supper — I Corinthians 11:28 — “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup.”
Also, in our daily prayers, we have ample opportunities to do soul searching and making Scriptural adjustments. In I John 1:9 we are promised that if we confess our sings, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sings and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Emerson expressed the following thought: “I will not rise to a point where I would judge my neighbor — for only God sits that high.”
Julian B. Grubb