Sunday, October 21, 2007

Do Not Judge-Matt.7.1

Matt. 7:1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Matt. 7:3 “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? 4 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? 5 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.
This talk by Andy really caught my attention. I was very moved through the whole message.
The way he set up the tension. Judging and being judged. He captured every area of life. Marriage, relationships, parenting, dating, money, drinking, dress, possessions
“Judging me does not change me. It only pushes me away.”
Matt. 7:1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
The same way I judge it will come back in my direction.
Judge others in the way I want to be judge. How do I want to be judge? With grace and kindness and patience and love…a lot of slack
Matt. 7:3 “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? 4 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?
Why care? Why form an opinion? What is it in me that forms an opinion of others and does not look at the plank in my eye?
What is it in me that I need to judge others?
When I see something in you that I judge, I should look in the mirror and my life and see what I need to deal with first.
1. Who do I judge?
a.
b.
c.
2. Of what do I judge them?
a.
b.
c. .
3. What emotion is evoked in me?
a. Anger?
b. Jealousy?
c.
4. What is the plank in my own life?
a.
b.
c.
LOOK IN THE MIRROR.
5 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.
The hypocrisy is judging someone else before or without looking at the stuff in my life.
We lose leverage or influence… Why should I listen to you man, husband, dad, friend, employer if you don’t first look in the mirror?
When tempted to judge, pay attention to the emotion it evokes in me…anger, jealousy, threatened, fear etc.
Our first response ought to be a prayer, “Father, what do I see in them that You see in me? Please help me deal with it.”
1. First take the plank out of your own eye
a. When something about you bugs me, I have an issue. What is it?
b. Deal with my stuff first.
2. Then you will see clearly…
a. You will have self-awareness
b. You will have humility
c. You will have discernment
d. You will have the Lord before you
3. To remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
a. Don’t do something that will push them away
b. The fact that I looked at my plank, opens the door to talk to them about their sawdust.
Why did this talk capture me so much? I believe it is because I tend to judge others. I want to judge righteously and with mercy. Help me grow in this area.

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