Red Letter Day 10: Do Not Judge
Friday February 27
“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.”
I just finished the Sunday bulletins and one of the cartoons on the back page was a pulpit. Upon it someone had placed a big judge’s gavel. One of those looking at this said, “Some think the sermons have been a little judgmental lately. ” This cartoon and this passage remind us that we are not the judge. God is the only one who makes judgment. On the Sundays when I do better preaching people do not see me, but by faith they see God, and his only begotten Son. Anytime we come into the presence of God we realize our sin.
This passage also reminds me of the part of the Lord’s Prayer where we say, forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Forgiveness is Gospel. We always need to have the proper balance and understanding of how the Gospel is the answer for our failures and sin.
Whenever I forgive I remind myself that is the way that God treats me in Christ. Don’t be afraid to forgive yourself. We all have plank in our own eyes and lives and that is the reason Jesus came to forgive us.
In Christ’s Service,