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I was asked to attend a men’s prayer breakfast a few weeks ago, and the study in God’s word was from Matthew 7, “Judge not that you be not judged.”
For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. After the Scripture was read, there were several comments from those attending, including me. After the meeting concluded and I was driving back home, I believe the Lord asked me how I was doing in keeping this word of His. I had to admit, not so good at times.
So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on someone and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape judgment?
I believe we sometimes judge others by their past mistakes or sins and also what they do now. The Bible says in John 1:9 that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. So, how can we be in judgment of others?
Romans 2:1-2 says, “Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things.”
When we judge others, we are taking God’s place. Matthew 6:14-15 says, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
While trying to walk a Christian life I still make mistakes and sin, but one thing that is constant is God’s love and forgiveness.
John 4: 7-8 says, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” Christ even states in Matthew 5: 43-48 that we should love our enemies.
The next time I get ready to say something about someone, I pray God quickens me to whether I am loving or judging. We always expect to be loved and forgiven, but do we practice the same principle.
Luke 15:1-2 says all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.”
I sure am glad He is still in the forgiving business.
The NIV Hebrews 10:24 states let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. I believe we are here together at the right place the right time for one another, to be for another, to encourage one another, just to say sometimes “good job,” to not point our fingers at one another for some reason or another. Not only do we need God, we need one another.
The Rev. Bimp McAlister is pastor of Calvary Full Gospel Church in Prestonville.