WHY ARE WE SO QUICK TO CONDEMN OTHERS?
Have you ever been around people from your family, friends, and even business associates and the conversation always centered on criticism of others? On the other hand, do you yourself make it a habit of criticizing others? Why do you feel it necessary to criticize your fellowman? Have you been in church sitting with other believers and another person walked in not dress the way most of the people that are in the congregation are dressed and all eyes focused in on that person, and people start whispering?
Why do you find us always wanting to judge other people? Jesus’ teaching was about teaching us how to love each other. Jesus commanded his disciples to be loving and compassionate; He explained to them what true love entails. First, he emphasized that true love does not judge others or withhold forgiveness. He said, “Judge not [neither pronouncing judgment nor subjecting to censure], and you will not be judged; do not condemn and pronounce guilty, and you will not be condemned and pronounced guilty; acquit and forgive and [a]release (give up resentment, let it drop), and you will be acquitted and forgiven and[b]released.” (Luke 6:37 AMP)
While the word “judge” can mean to evaluate are analyze, Jesus did not mean that his people should refuse to think critically or make decisions, nor was he attempting to abolish the legal system or disciplinary measures. Believers must be discerning and make certain judgments. Jesus was referring to the judgmental attitude that focuses on those faults, criticizing and tearing them down. This is something we must stop doing. We now have our very young children growing up in the school system criticizing and being judgmental of other children. Some of them are being murdered right in front of our own eyes, and others are committing suicide. This is so wrong and Jesus is speaking to this matter in this lesson. Now let all of us take heed.
The believer’s special position with Christ does not give them license to take God‘s place as judge and jury. Those who judge in that manner will find themselves judged by God. Neither should they criticize are they will face their own criticism. The practice of forgiveness leads also to forgiveness by God. Those who refuse to forgive show that they do not understand what God has done for them. God’s children must be ready and willing to forgive, just as God has forgiven them.
Now listen to these words very carefully, memorialize them, repeat them often, and watch your blessings overflow your storehouse. My name is Good Measure; Good Measure is truly my name, pressed down, shaken together and running over.” Jesus said, “Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour [c]into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe and used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38 AMP)
Generosity in giving, both off material goods as well as love, compassion, and forgiveness of others will result in return generosity. Jesus wants his disciples to be merciful and loving, not selfish or spiteful. He does away with retaliation and the concept of demand an eye-for-an-eye recompense for wrongdoing. This picture is of the blessings being returned in a bushel basket, filled to the brim, pressed down and shaken together to make room for more, then running over. Jesus wants our measure of mercy to overflow. Those who give easily will find goodness coming back to them. Those who are stingy and reluctant givers will receive in the same way.
He further told them [d]a proverb: Can a blind [man] guide and direct a blind [man]? Will they not both stumble into a ditch or a [e]hole in the ground? A pupil is not superior to his teacher, but everyone [when he is] completely trained (readjusted, restored, set to rights, and perfected) will be like his teacher. (Luke 6:39-40 AMP) In this parable, Jesus explained that, while his followers were to give, love, and refuse to be judgmental, they must also be discerning and careful whom they follow. Obviously, a blind person cannot lead a blind person because both of them will end up in a ditch. Then Jesus explained what this meant: a student is not greater than what the teacher is. Those who lead others must have a clear vision, willingness to learn and understand, and no arrogance or self-righteousness. Such a standard would disqualify the Pharisees who, in this instance, were the blind guidance leading people into disaster. Jesus explained that his disciples should not go beyond which they learned from him; instead, they should aim to be like him. Watch out for me to follow. No matter how many human teachers you may have, your ultimate authority must be Christ and his word.
Now Jesus really brings this on home to us as only He can do with His great parables. He ask these questions, “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye but do not notice or consider the beam [of timber] that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, Brother, allow me to take out the speck that is in your eye, when you yourself do not see the beam that is in your own eye? You actor (pretender, hypocrite)! First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” (Luke 6:41-42 AMP)
How well Jesus understood human nature. He knew that human being find it easy to worry about a speck in someone’s else’s eye, but not be able to see a log in their own eye. It is easy for people to over look their own sins yet spots sin in others. It is true that the sin that people must clearly see in others is also present in them. Sometimes they may offer help, but there is a crucial flaw, for they will do great damage when they cannot see pass the log still lodged in their eye. Jesus hyperbole to show that someone attempting to help a brother or sister with a “speck” when that person is carrying around log makes him or her a hypocrite. The person has criticized and found fault in another without applying the same standards to himself. Before that person can be of any assistance, he must get rid of the log that is in his own eye, and then maybe he can see well enough to deal with the speck in other people’s eye. It is time to look at the person in the mirror and stop criticizing others.