A Judgmental Heart is Dangerous (Through the Gospels)

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“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you” ^Matthew 7:1-2.

Why is judging others so dangerous? Because judging others says more about you than it does about the person you are judging. Even if what someone did may be wrong and offensive, the heart that has been penetrated by the gospel, is free from casting judgement on others. 

How can this be? Anyone who has truly tasted and experienced the grace and mercy of God, cannot help but offer the same to others. True experiences of grace trickles down to those around you. It is impossible to taste God’s grace and not be gracious. It is impossible to taste God’s mercy and not be merciful. Hence, when you find in your heart a judgmental spirit that constantly condemns and lords over people, you are in great danger. It is possible that you are living off yesterday’s blessing and no longer living in the present mercies of God. 

To judge here can mean two things: 1) to analyze and evaluate or 2) to condemn and show vengeance. Jesus is talking about the latter half. Jesus wants believers to understand that we cannot condemn or look down on others if we truly know where we come from. Jesus says, "Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3).

Jesus wants us to take a good look in the mirror and see our shortcomings before we look at others. Jesus wants us to remember that apart from His grace and mercy, we would be no different. A heart drenched in the gospel, is the most loving and forgiving heart in the world. If you find yourself constantly judging others, you have a gospel problem not a people problem. Search your heart and ask the Lord to cleanse you from your pride. 

William ChungComment