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Understanding ourselves to be more unworthy than our brethren

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The topic of judgment is quite clear in the New Testament of the Bible, especially regarding the way in which we treat our fellow brothers and sisters. The understanding that we must not judge one another is blatant, especially in the Book of Matthew, Chapter 7, verses 1 through 5, where the recognized passage is found. For every line in this passage conveys imperative words in support of how Christians must not judge others, wrongly accusing them.

“Judge not, that you be not judged (Matthew 7:1).”

There is no need to judge someone with cruel or evil intentions. There is a difference between having simple observations of the behaviors of others and overtly condemning someone for his or her actions. If you tend to observe and criticize with cruel thoughts and words, then you are judging that person. Be cautious of this. If you catch yourself judging, pray! Ask God for forgiveness and to Bless that person you have judged!

“For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you (Matthew 7:2).”

The way in which you treat others, will be the way in which you are treated. Do not be troubled if you are judged by your brothers and sisters, after you too, have judged them. Be mindful of your thoughts and condemnation of your brethren, for your brethren will come back and condemn you as well.

“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 (Matthew 7:3)?”

Consider the judgments you may hold over your brothers or sisters and analyze them carefully. The “log” that our Lord describes represents our own sin and condemnation that we hold within ourselves. Jesus is trying to help us understand that those criticisms or cruel-intended comments we may have about others is not our place to mention. Not only is it not our place, but we should be considering our own logs in our eyes!

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 (Matthew 7:4)?”

This verse is a continuation of the previous passage in Matthew, Chapter 7, and line 3. Here our Lord Jesus continues His thought on our own logs to be acknowledged. Furthermore, Jesus is commenting on the one who judges, and asks how he or she can judge another with issues of his or her own. Nobody has the right to judge another, for we all are unworthy sinners in need of repentance.

“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: 5).”

Essentially, to judge one another is hypocritical! Before you decide to pass judgment onto another, consider your own faults. As humans, we are constantly sinning, regardless of intent. With this understanding, we must acknowledge that we are more unworthy than our brothers or sisters. From this notion, we must reflect on our own sins and repent.

Beloved, be attentive to your own sins instead of the sins of those around you. Our Lord wants us to be compassionate and loving towards our fellow brethren, not cruel. Passing judgment onto others does more harm to you in the end. Therefore, be wise to this and follow the way of our Lord.

Remember that in the end, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is the only one who can Judge us! If that is the case, will He not judge you for condemning the sins of others? Be wise to how you treat one another, for we know neither the day nor the hour, when our Lord will return!

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