Have you ever sat a stop light and saw someone begging for food, money or work? Then you think, well if they can stand here and ask for money they can work, or I bet they are going to use that money for drugs.
Have you ever saw someone that wasn’t dressed very nicely? You may have thought, ow why can’t they dress differently.
Have you ever saw someone park in a handicap place and get out and look find? I bet you thought, well nothing is wrong with them, or look at them taking advantage of parking in that spot.
Don’t deny it. We have all done it. We have all thought these thoughts. There are people in the bible that thought these things as well.
It is human nature.
It is the sinful nature of us.
But does that mean is is okay to do.
If it was okay, Jesus would not have taught on the subject when He walked on Earth.
37-38 “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”
39-40 He quoted a proverb: “‘Can a blind man guide a blind man?’ Wouldn’t they both end up in the ditch? An apprentice doesn’t lecture the master. The point is to be careful who you follow as your teacher.
41-42 “It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this I-know-better-than-you mentality again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your own part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.
7 1-5 “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.
6 “Don’t be flip with the sacred. Banter and silliness give no honor to God. Don’t reduce holy mysteries to slogans. In trying to be relevant, you’re only being cute and inviting sacrilege.
Sometimes, I just have to go to the Message version of the bible. I love the NIV and the KJV, but the Message just puts into every day words.
“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment.”
None of us like to be picked on. None of us like to be told our failures. None of use like to be criticized. So, why do we do it to others? I believe it’s because we do not want the light on us. We love being in the light if everything is good, but the moment it goes sour where do we go. We go to the dark. We go hide. It’s no different than what Adam and Eve done in the Garden of Eden.
8 When they heard the sound of God strolling in the garden in the evening breeze, the Man and his Wife hid in the trees of the garden, hid from God.
9 God called to the Man: “Where are you?”
10 He said, “I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked. And I hid.”
11 God said, “Who told you you were naked? Did you eat from that tree I told you not to eat from?”
12 The Man said, “The Woman you gave me as a companion, she gave me fruit from the tree, and, yes, I ate it.”
God said to the Woman, “What is this that you’ve done?”
13 “The serpent seduced me,” she said, “and I ate.”
What did Adam and Eve do when they heard God? They hid.
What did Adam do when he was questioned by God? Blame on Eve.
What did Eve do when she was questioned by God? Blame on the serpent.
We go hide because we think if it’s in the dark it can not be seen. But God is light. There is no darkness where God is concerned. He see’s everything.
Then when we are found in the dark, we start blaming others to take the light (heat) off us. We do not like to admit wrong, but we do not mind blaming others.
So what should we do?
Do not judge others. Do not blame others. Stand up and take your punishment.
I know it’s hard to admit wrong. I promise you have been there done that. But, it’s okay. Our God is a loving God. We can admit our wrongs and ask for forgiveness. God sent Jesus to die for us on that cross a cruel death. He did not just leave us in the darkness.
Jesus was not crucified in the dark. He was crucified in the light of the day. God did not want to hide this act. He wanted everyone to see. He wanted everyone to know. He wanted everyone to humbly bow down to the foot of the cross.
I know I’m not perfect and I am speaking to the choir. I just want to try and live like God would wants me to and preached that I should. I want to be more like Jesus, pray and spend time with my Heavenly Father. I want to remember what He says about judging others.
Will you admit you are not perfect?
Will you admit you need Jesus?
Will you spend time along with your Heavenly Father? Read His Word. Pray. Ask for forgiveness. Try to grow into a better Christian – not perfect it’s not possible.
The world would be such a better place if we loved everyone, judged no one, and talked to God before anyone.