Jesus doesn’t ask us to check if we have faults of our own as a prerequisite to judging another person. He assumes that we have faults of our own. As a matter of fact, upon introspection, what we are sure to find is that our own sin will likely be larger than that of the person we want to judge, for planks are way bigger than specks.
While a hypothetical category might exist wherein we can judge others, it is unlikely that we would have time and energy to judge anyone else when we are focused on allowing God to heal our own issues.
“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.
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Church Can Be Simple.
Questions for personal reflection and group discussion:
1) Think of those you tend to disagree with the most, whether it be because lifestyle choices, belief systems, specific life values, this could be a people group or actual persons in your life.
What if your knee jerk response every time you were tempted to judge, give unwarranted advice, or criticize was to pray for God to reveal something that might be wrong with your own self?
How would that change the way you view yourself in relation to the people you disagree with?
2) The things we value most is sometimes the measure by which we judge others. For example a person could value family life, physical fitness, working hard to achieve financial success, relational success, others value a life of travel and excitement. What do you think you value most, and do you feel that you tend to judge others based on that measure, and if so how?