January 12/Matthew 7

Jesus finished chapter 6 by telling us to put God first in our lives and live righteously or live the way God wants us to live. We all probably said to ourselves ‘if that is what your want Father we will do it.’ So then to test us Jesus opens up chapter 7 with getting along with people! OOH this is tough! I mean we could live for Jesus a whole lot better if we didn’t have to deal with PEOPLE, Right?

When Jesus says not to judge he is talking about putting people down, getting in their face, pointing the finger at them, with the idea to condemn them for their actions. We refuse to overlook their mistakes or cut them some slack and yet Jesus didn’t condemn us, he did over look some wrongs, he cut us some slack by taking our punishment on the cross.

This idea of judging came to light on Sunday when Blair Walsh of the Vikings missed a 27 yard field goal that would have won the game for the Vikings. Instead they lost to the Seahawks. Boy did some people get on Walsh’s case. Some of the remarks that were made are too ugly to repeat on this blog. Many people were unwilling to cut him some slack. They forgot that Walsh had scored all of the Vikings points in the game and that Adrian Pederson was the one who fumbled the ball that gave the Seahawks the chance to score the go ahead touch down which they did.

If we are going to judge let’s do it with the intention of identifying the wrong and then being willing to humbly help the person do the right thing or in Blair’s case maybe saying nothing at all.

Galatians 6:1 (NLT) — 1 Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.

It is easy to judge someone for not reading their bible daily but have we offered to do something for them to free them up so they have the time to read?

Jesus said that the attitude that we judge with and the actions we take will eventually come back on us! There is a perfect example of this in the Old Testament.

Judges 1:4–7 (NLT) — 4 When the men of Judah attacked, the Lord gave them victory over the Canaanites and Perizzites, and they killed 10,000 enemy warriors at the town of Bezek. 5 While at Bezek they encountered King Adoni-bezek and fought against him, and the Canaanites and Perizzites were defeated. 6 Adoni-bezek escaped, but the Israelites soon captured him and cut off his thumbs and big toes. 7 Adoni-bezek said, “I once had seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off, eating scraps from under my table. Now God has paid me back for what I did to them.” They took him to Jerusalem, and he died there.

Jesus said in verses 3&4 that when we judge to put down or condemn it is like we have a log our eye our attitude so clouds our eyesight that there is no way we can even see clearly to make a good judgment! He says that we should judge ourselves first to see what our motives are and see if we are doing everything right before we go around pointing a finger at someone else. I think that is absolutely great advice. Remember these famous words of Jesus >

John 8:7 (ESV) — 7 “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Perhaps Blair Walsh would feel a little better today if the people who slammed him would have first examined their own lives, before they blasted Blair, to see if they had ever blown an opportunity or made a mistake. Perhaps the comments would have been kinder and the atmosphere healthier.

Yes we need to judge to identify if someone is ok for our kids to hang out with or for us to become friends with or if it ok to take advise from them; but we certainly are not to judge to condemn or so that we can feel better about our lifestyle.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Chapters 5 through 7 are our good foundation. Are you building on them for the storms that will come to test you?

  2. Nicole Hamilton says:

    It’s usually so much easier to see other people’s faults than it is to see our own. I’ve noticed this many times in my own life and I’ve really begun to realize the importance of having strong, healthy relationships with wise & godly people. We are not meant to live this Christian life alone and we can mature and grow much faster if we are able listen to godly council in order to help remove “the log in our eye.” Then we will be much more able to minister to the needs of others around us and follow God’s calling on our lives.

  3. God led me to memorize Matthew 7 several years ago, and I asked Him “Why Matthew 7? I don’t judge others.” Ha! Well, the day I started memorizing it, I went to work and caught myself judging other people THREE times – and that was before 10 am. Yikes. Okay God, I DO need Matthew 7. And I do need to read it often. Thanks for doing this blog, Pastor Dan!