Don’t Judge, Do Ask

“Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgement you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is 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 neighbor’s eye.

“Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you.

“Ask, and it will be give you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if you child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if a child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”

Matthew 7:1-11

Many Christians forget that Jesus told us not to judge. So many people feel that all Christians are judgmental because they have spent time with some how are. And it just makes me so sad. Because when you judge, you hurt others.

Jesus gives two basic reasons it is wrong to judge. First, because that is God’s job, not yours. Only God knows everything in a person’s heart, everything in a situation. Therefore only He is qualified to judge. Second, because we are all sinners it is hypocritical to judge others. You’re worried about someone else’s speck when you have a log? How can you even expect to see clearly with a log in your eye, never mind make a well informed decision? No, better not to judge at all. Which, unfortunately, is easier said than done.

Ask, search, and knock is (in my opinion) maybe a little over-emphasized in the popular “prosperity gospel.” People want to believe God will provide them with every luxury they could possibly ask for. But He doesn’t do that. God has your best interests in mind, always. This has more to do with your needs. God isn’t going to let you go hungry, or thirsty. This is really an extension on don’t worry: don’t give up. Keep working, keep trying. Something I desperately need to hear when the job search gets hard.

Throwing Holy things to the dogs is more vague because it isn’t really expanded on. But to me it means don’t treat God’s blessings badly. Don’t take His forgiveness for granted, or treat it with scorn. Don’t talk about how horrible your life is, God blessed you with it! I don’t know, it makes sense in my head.

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