Do Not Judge Or You Will Be Judged

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide -The Virtuous Life - Day 230 - Matthew 7-1-5 - Do Not Judge Or You Will Be Judged - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Virtuous Life – Day 230 – Matthew 7-1-5 – Do Not Judge Or You Will Be Judged – Growing As Disciples

Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.  “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?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:1-5 (NIV)

In Return

Have you heard the expression, “What goes around comes around?” Or how about, “You get what you give?” Or even, “If you live by the sword, you will die by the sword?” Yes, I have heard all those expressions. Do they sound a little like, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged?” Or “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you?” Or how about, “Do to others what you would have them do to you?” Yes, they sound quite similar. Do you have any doubt about the truth in each of these expressions? No, I have no doubts. That’s good. So, how do you want to be treated? How will you treat others? Aren’t those two very good questions to help guide your life? Or I could ask you these questions? How have I treated you? How will you treat others? What example have I set before you to follow? Will you think and speak, and act like me? I want to think and speak and act like you. I want to live like you lived. I want to follow your example. How so? I want to give like you gave. I want to serve like you served. I want to love like you loved. My primary motive and most fundamental desire is that I want to be able to know and do your will. I want to live a life that is pleasing to you. I want what you want. You want me to become like you. You want your life lived out, in and through me. You want others to be drawn to you because they see your life shining through my life. Yes, I do. So, if I don’t treat others just as you have treated me, I will be living a life that is not pleasing to you. Of secondary importance, but still a worthy consideration, is that I will suffer greatly if I don’t follow your example. Give some negative examples. If I treat others harshly, I can expect harshness to come back to me. If I gossip against others, I can expect others to gossip against me. If I am angry and short tempered toward others, I can expect to receive those same attitudes to return to me. Give some positive examples. As I give, so I will receive. If I give out kindness and mercy and love, it will come back to me. If I am gracious and forgiving, that is what I will receive. Are there any other considerations? I am not qualified to judge others. Why is that? I am flawed. I have my own issues. How so? I make mistakes. I take missteps. I sin. I act inappropriately. I think and speak and act in ways that are not pleasing to you. And you would like to be forgiven? You would like to be treated with kindness and mercy and love? You would like to receive grace and forgiveness? Yes, and that is exactly what you have, are now, and will always give to me. So, will you do the same for others? Will you lavishly love others with my love? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, why do I tend to be judgmental of others? Why is it that I can easily see flaws in others but not in myself? Help me to extend to others the same grace that you have lavishly extended to me. Help me to love others just as you have loved me. Use me Lord. Amen

Key Question…  Why can you be sure that you will receive back what you have given out to others?

Living It Out…  Make it your habit to lavishly extend grace rather than judgment to others.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will help you to lavishly extend grace to others.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you have received back what you have given to others.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you not judge others, or you will be judged.

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Do Not Judge

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 14 - Matthew 7:1-2 - Do Not Judge- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 14 – Matthew 7:1-2 – Do Not Judge- Growing As Disciples

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7:1-2 (NIV)  

Judging Others

I have been proud. I have been arrogant. I have thought that I was in some way better than others. It is hard to admit. It is embarrassing to say out loud. But, it is true. It has been so easy to see the faults of others and so difficult to see the faults of my own. I have been so willing to closely examine someone else’s life and so unwilling to examine my own. What a joke. What a hypocrite. Sometimes I nauseate myself when I get a true glimpse of my own behavior. All I can ask is that you forgive me. All I can say is that I need your help. You are asking for my forgiveness and help? Yes, I am. That is my prayer. You will have both. You are forgiven and I will help you.

Tell me exactly what you want. I want to be like you. I want to be kind. I want to be gracious. I want to be forgiving. I want to love others just as you have loved me. I want to be able to follow your example. What is my example? You loved and forgave people while they rejected you. You loved and forgave people as they were hurting you. You prayed for your enemies as they were crucifying you on the cross. What clearer example of love and forgiveness can there be? I will answer my own question. There can be no clearer example of humbly loving and forgiving others. You have given me a crystal-clear example to follow. You want me to love and forgive others regardless of how they have or are currently treating me. That’s true.

Why do you want to become like me? You love me. I love you. You rescued me from a life without you. You made it so I can live in an intimate relationship with you. As I am in your presence, I am being changed. How so? I am becoming more like you. I am learning to think your thoughts, speak your words and do your deeds. I want to live as you lived. I want to do what you did. Why is that? It was your pleasure to serve your Heavenly Father. It was your desire to bear fruit for His kingdom and bring glory to His name. That’s right. As I am loving and forgiving others, I will be doing the same. Yes, you will. That is why I want to become like you. That is why I will not engage in judging others. That is very good.

Lord, I don’t know why it is easy to see others faults and so difficult to see mine. Why have been I been so willing to give judgement when I have only wanted to receive grace? Forgive me. Help me to be as gracious and kind to others as you have been to me. Amen

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Do Not Judge

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Character - Matthew 7:1-2- Do Not Judge - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Character – Matthew 7:1-2- Do Not Judge – Growing As Disciples

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7:1-2 (NIV) 

My Job

I am certainly not qualified to be a judge others, of that I am positive. I have no doubts about that in my mind whatsoever. Why do you say that? I have made so many mistakes. I have gone where I shouldn’t have gone. I have done what I should not have done. I’m not talking about a rare misstep or an occasional mistake. No, I have repeatedly gone astray and missed the mark. I have stepped out of bounds. I have sinned against you and others in my thoughts and words and deeds. I have even known what would be the good and right and true thing to do and I have deliberately gone and done just the opposite. Where did that lead you? All my sin led me straight to rock bottom. It was then and there that I cried out to you. You brought me to my senses. You turned my life around. You forgave my sin and cleansed me of my unrighteousness. You set me on a new path of loving, following and serving you. Yes, I did. But, I have not forgotten about where I was when you rescued me from a life without you. I was without hope in the world. You have given me a completely new life to live in you. That’s right. So, I have it firmly established in my mind that I am not qualified to be a judge of anyone else. Beyond that, I have no desire to be the judge of anyone else. Why is that? Judging others is just not my job.

What is your job? If you don’t want to get involved with judging others, what do you want to do? Instead of judging others I would like to bless and encourage others. Instead of dragging others down and discouraging them with judgement, I would like to spur others on to bigger and better things in life. Like what? I would like to help others to come to love and follow and serve you. I would like to help others to come to know you and walk in your ways. I would like to help others to discover the joy there is in doing what is pleasing to you. These are the desires of my heart. These are the things that I want to do. These things are part of my job. How do you know this is your job? How did you come to receive this assignment? This is the work that you have given me to do for you. Doing these things have become the desire of my heart that you have given and will grant to me. That’s right. As you bless others in these ways your life will reap rich blessings from me. You will bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. I will use you to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans. That is what I want.

Lord, I have plenty of my own flaws. I have made mistakes. I have taken missteps. I have missed the mark. I have sinned. Nothing would suggest I am qualified to be a critic who judges others. Help me to bless and encourage others rather than judge them. Amen

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