SFP 242: A Critical Spirit & Other Thoughts About Judgement

“Judge not!” does not mean don’t judge at all, but judge with right standards and without a critical, or judgmental attitude. Today I’m sharing what we can do to throw off a critical spirit, and to love others even in confrontation.

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Judgement Vs Being Judgemental

Matthew 7:1-6

“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. 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? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

“Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

Morality exists and morals are determined by God. This passage isn’t teaching us that judgement shouldn’t exist or that there is no moral standard, but that we are not to have an attitude of judgementalislm where we create our own imperfect standard and measure everyone to that measuring stick. 

The problem with that is, we all fall short of the glory of God. And funny enough. We even fall short of our own.

WE need right judgement. 

We need the standard of God.

We need to be careful that we are not lowering the standard with our own standard of what is good, right and beautiful.

And we need to watch ourselves that we are not possessing an attitude of judmentalism where we are blind to the faults we are accusing others of having. 

Examine ourselves first. It doesn’t mean ignore sin but we can’t go in with a log blocking our view. We need to see rightly before we dig around in someones eye.

JC Ryle said, “There is no surer mark of backsliding and falling off in grace than an increasing disposition to find fault, pick holes, and see weak points in others.” 

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