Because it’s sooooo important, we decided to review the “Living Without Condemning Others” teaching, and summarise the main points.
What does “condemning” actually achieve?
- Creates a hostile culture. When Jesus says that we too will be judged, this is not saying we’ll be judged by God. Condemnation from one person creates a culture of hostility and retaliation and judgement. He warns us – if you do it, it’ll be done to you. Don’t start!
- It prevents us from helping. The whole joke of having a log in your eye, is a humorous way of saying “when you condemn people in a so-called effort to help, you lose the ability to see or percieve things properly. We can’t help in that state.
- It doesn’t nourish or edify. Our “sacred” “pearls” are indigestible. People, no matter how bad one might think they are, cannot eat pearls! Jesus really was making his points in a strong and laughable way.
So what does Jesus teach for living without condemning others?
- Refuse to condemn. V.1,6. He calls us to obey Him and resolve in our minds and hearts to live just and loving lives. “Do not judge…” for the reasons he states (above) – just DON’T.
- Ask, seek, knock. Vv 7-11. The Christ-like response to those irritating or bad people? Pray for them, seek good for them, make genuine efforts to find out what the real problem is, and do good.
- The golden rule. V. 12 This is wonderfully simple and has equipped the world profoundly for two millenia! Just think first – How would I like to be treated?
This is a real and practical issue. We all struggle with judgement, and hurting others by passing unjust judgement and comment is natural but ugly. Jesus’ way is the way of love, empathy and humilty. And it takes real strength and guts. Christ in us makes living without condemning others possible.
It’s good and beautiful life 🙂 What do you think?