Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 6, 2018

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged” – “Give, and it will be given to you.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 6:37-42.

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged;  and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned;  pardon, and you will be pardoned.  Give, and it will be given to you.  They will pour into your lap a good measure — pressed down, shaken together, and running over.  For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”

And He also spoke a parable to them:  “A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he?  Will they not both fall into a pit?  A pupil is not above his teacher;  but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.  Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.”  Luke 6:37-42.

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We are too eager to judge our brothers.  We too often misrepresent or exaggerate that judged brother’s actions and beliefs to make our judgment stronger.  “We make a mountain out of a molehill.”  And, if that was not bad enough, we ignore the good actions and beliefs of that judged brother.

Sometimes, we judge our brothers because we feel that if we make them look smaller then we will look bigger in comparison.

Sometimes, we judge our brothers on the basis of their outward appearance or wealth to favor the wealthy and shun the poor.

And, sometimes, we judge our brothers to try to manipulate them into doing all or some of our own work (for which we are specially gifted and for which we have sufficient resources to get our own job done) just because we are lazy.  We point out the good that we are doing and either express or infer that our brother is not as good of a Christian as we are, because he is not doing what we are doing.

But, even if we “only” judge our brothers to simply conclude that we do not need them, it still is a sin.

We should trust God’s providence including His building of His church.

“Who are you to judge the servant of another?  To his own master he stands or falls;  and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.”  Romans 14:4.

“But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.  If they were all one member, where would the body be?  But now there are many members, but one body.  And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”;  or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”  1 Corinthians 12:18.

We should not judge because we need to focus on our own job.  We have enough resources to complete our own job, and we have enough rewards for just doing our own job.

In the parable of the owner of the vineyard who hired laborers to work different amounts of time and who paid all the laborers equally, the laborers who worked a full day grumbled at the landowner, “saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the scorching heat of the day.’  But he answered and said to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong;  did you not agree with me for a denarius?  Take what is yours and go, but I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.  Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own?  Or is your eye envious because I am generous?’”  Matthew 20:12-15.

Rather than judging or grumbling, let us trust God and focus on the work that God has given us and cheerfully give as much as we can.

In conclusion, let us follow God’s example “… who gives to all generously and without reproach …”  James 1:5.


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