Judge Not

"It is amazing from what a mere fraction of a fact concerning him a man will dare judge the whole of another man."                                                                                     George MacDonald 

Luke 6:37-42 (NIV)
37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

39 He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.

41 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye."

What did Our Lord Jesus do or how did He treat the woman who was caught in the act of adultery from the Bible passage John 8:1-8? The teachers of the law and the Pharisees, who were the religious people of that time period brought only the woman- notice not the man as well too (it takes two to tango). Jesus said let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her(to fulfill the law of Moses). 

If as Christians we are to be little Christs, to be Christ-like, who are we to condemn others if we are not without sin of our own? If a man lusts after a woman he is guilty of committing adultery in his heart. Only Jesus was without sin, only He was qualified to judge the woman who was caught in adultery. But did he judge her? No, He said neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more. Let me fall into the hands of God, rather than men, for His mercy is great and new every morning. Great is His faithfulness.

James 4:11-12 (NIV)
11. Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister[a]or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

Romans 2:1-3 (NIV)
"You, therefore, have no excuse,you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. 2 Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3 So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?"

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