What does it mean to “judge”?
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 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, (keep reading 5-6).
Once again, Jesus takes us on a journey of turning everyday challenges into life-giving moments. At church yesterday discussing this, we realised that this truth literally changes us forever!
There are at least two words for “judge” used in the Bible. In this case Jesus’ word is very negative, it means – “to decide, try, condemn, sentence.”
The other “judge” word that’s positive is “to make an objective, equitable, just & innocent assessment.” We live daily making innocent assessments. These are the ones that keep us healthy and our communities alive and well 🙂
In a way, Jesus is saying “Don’t judge wrongly, judge rightly.
What do you think the “plank in your own eye” refers to?
We understand it from the context to be “condemning judgment of others.” In other words Jesus is saying that to condemn other people in an effort to help them, correct them, or fix anything, is as ridiculous as offering to remove a speck, when you yourself have plank in your eye! Funny.
So how do we help each other? How do we live in a messed up world and help people?
v.5 Remove your judgmental attitude & approach, then you can help.
v.6 If you treat people like that, they’ll reject your “advice,” and possible attack you back.
v.12 “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
Empathy, not condemnation, will allow us to help each other, and live Jesus’ good and beautiful life.
P.S. We’d love to hear your thoughts. What do you think?