“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 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? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5.
Although many have interpreted Jesus’s command to not judge others as, “You cannot criticize me or what I am doing,” it pays to put it in the context that He did. And when you do that, it is more like, “Before you correct someone else, be sure to correct yourself first.” It is best to help people with the help you yourself have received.
When I tell people they need Christ, I am not judging them. I am just relaying the message I have received. We all need Him, and He is available to all of us. It is an act of mercy to announce the Good News that He took our punishment, and that God raised Him from the dead to prove that it worked. The Gospel is an invitation, not an accusation. But it is an invitation to which we must respond. Jesus came to save us, but He will not save you if you don’t want to be saved. As He said:
“If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.” John 12:47-48.
Donald Marsh ©2020