STOP BEING SO QUICK TO CONDEMN OTHERS FORGIVE
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 release (give up resentment, let it drop), and you will be acquitted and forgiven and 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 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)