Summary: Judge not lest you be judged. For in the way you criticize others you will be criticized.

Why Jesus wants us to leave the Judging to God

ILlustration:It was F.B. Meyer, I believe, who once said that when we see a brother or sister in sin, there are two things we do not know: First, we do not know how hard he or she tried not to sin. And second, we do not know the power of the forces that assailed him or her. We also do not know what we would have done in the same circumstances.

Stephen Brown, Christianity Today, April 5, 1993

1. Jesus knew that only God has all the facts to judge with perfect objectivity. Jesus said, "Do not judge or you too will be judge." (Matt. 7:1) If anyone thinks they know all the facts about a person they are sadly mistaken - only God’s knowledge is complete. Ask the Lord to help you reserve judgment for the one whose omniscient.

Illustration:We sometimes criticize others unfairly. We don’t know all their circumstances, nor their motives. Only God, who is aware of all the facts, is able to judge people righteously. John Wesley told of a man he had little respect for because he considered him to be miserly and covetous. One day when this person contributed only a small gift to a worthy charity, Wesley openly criticized him.

After the incident, the man went to Wesley privately and told him he had been living on parsnips and water for several weeks. He explained that before his conversion, he had run up many bills. Now, by skimping on everything and buying nothing for himself he was paying off his creditors one by one.

"Christ has made me an honest man," he said, "and so with all these debts to pay, I can give only a few offerings above my tithe. I must settle up with my worldly neighbors and show them what the grace of God can do in the heart of a man who was once dishonest." Wesley then apologized to the man and asked his forgiveness.

Daily Bread, July 20, 1992.

2. Jesus knew that only God is completely impartial. "There is no partiality with God." (Rom. 2:11) Every person has known and unknown areas of partiality in their thinking. Some people are more willing to acknowledge their bias than others, but perfect impartiality is something only possessed by our Creator and Lord.

Ask the Lord for the ability to be slow to speak until you have first sought God’s impartial, objective and Biblical viewpoint.

3. Jesus knew that only God is fit to judge mankind. Paul wrote, "Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments_" (Rom. 11:33) Who else, but the Lord has such great wisdom and knowledge, but the Lord of all creation? Ask the Lord to grant you more serenity to accept the things you cannot change while allowing God to judge all people, situations and nations.

Illustration:In 1884 a young man died, and after the funeral his grieving parents decided to establish a memorial to him. With that in mind they met with Charles Eliot, president of Harvard University. Eliot received the unpretentious couple into his office and asked what he could do. After they expressed their desire to fund a memorial, Eliot impatiently said, "Perhaps you have in mind a scholarship."

"We were thinking of something more substantial than that...perhaps a building," the woman replied. In a patronizing tone, Eliot brushed aside the idea as being too expensive and the couple departed. The next year, Eliot learned that this plain pair had gone elsewhere and established a $26 million memorial named Leland Stanford Junior University, better known today as Stanford!

Today in the Word, June 11, 1992.

4. Jesus knew that only God is able to evaluate people with perfect discernment. The Lord knew that Moses wrote, "The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law." (Deut. 29:29) Only trust and obey the Lord with what He reveals to you. Do not try to find a reason why things are happening to you. Allow God to reveal to you in His time what you need to know in order to obey and carry out His will.

5. Jesus knew that all people would give an account to only to God. The Lord knew that Paul would write, "So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore, let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way." (Rom. 14:12,13) Ask the Lord for the grace to stop condemning others. Instead, make up your mind to avoid being an impediment to others progress in Christ.

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