20/5: Do Not Judge

1 Kings 16:15-20, Matt 7:1-6

Reflection:
“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.
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.
6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
– Matt 7:1-6
Sometimes the word judgement can be misleading. It can be leading to condemnation or leading to discernment. The judgement here in v1 is referring judgement leading to condemnation. That we condemn people based on what they do, what they say, instead of believing that we are all created in the image of God and all of us need love from God and all of us v3-5 talks about taking away our prejudice and our assumptions, and to look deeper into the heart of the people rather than just judging their outward actions and behaviour. Interestingly, in v6, the teaching turns to discernment, that we need to discern who will and will not accept our love and good intentions. To me it also means who we share our innermost feelings and thoughts to. We are loved and treasured by God, and so we need to be careful to share that with people who will not judge us and condemn us, but love us with the love God has for them.

Prayer:
Dear God, help me to love without prejudice or condemnation. Help me to have the discernment to share with people who do not condemn me but seek to bring out the best in me. Help me to love like You.

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