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Matthew 7:1-2

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.

People love these two verses. Especially when they are doing the wrong thing.

I would like you to consider something, first, there will be a judge. So, if you are using these verses to "defend" yourself, then remeber, there will be a judge.

Also, you should consider I Corinthians 5:12. (Remember, the best way to understand any verse of the Bible, is to interpret it according to other places in the Bible on the same topic.) "What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside."

So, judging is not entirely banned. There are cases when it is necessary, even commanded.

Try to expand your list of memory verses.

Comments

  1. hi,
    i know someone who likes to quote that verse. Sometimes i think they're mixing up judging with making a judgement or being discerning. we have to discern, or judge, right from wrong.
    i have a friend who shared some interesting insight about this verse. The friend has a relative who's always trying to "keep up with the Joneses" in certain respects, and thinks the relative is driven by how he feels judged by "the Joneses." Because the relative judges others on this point, he feels they are judging him. Whew! the energy and angst that's wasted because of the judging!!
    Anyway, i think it might help some of us to remember the verse this way: "don't judge harshly or you'll also be judged harshly," or "judge with kindness and you'll be judged with kindness."
    And i suppose that's wordy enough from me. For now. :-)

    Love your blogs!

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