Lessons from Jesus

Measure Well

Luke 6:37 – “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned;

The issue with man’s judgement is that it is not consistent; what I find offensive in someone, you might find acceptable. When we judge others (let’s not pretend we don’t), it comes from our own personal set of values. We each have a standard that we deem to be respectable, adequate and tolerable in others. When those standards are breached, we feel justified in passing judgement. That is where the problem starts because there is a vast chasm between God’s Holy standards and our self-righteous standards.

Jesus highlights the problem in judging by asking, “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?” How quickly we can make excuses to justify our own behaviour and yet feel vindicated in pointing to the flaw in another.

Jesus wants us to see a better way – “forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.”

To me, the Lord is saying, ‘people will do things you don’t like and things that you don’t understand but can you honestly and in good conscience throw the first stone’? This gives me pause because the Lord has forgiven me so many times without condemnation. So, with due consideration I take on board His caution, “For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Let us treat each other with compassion, gentleness of spirit, kindness and respect, for this is how it should be within the body of Christ.

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