37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Why is this so hard for us? Why is it so hard not to judge others? For some reason when you start to follow God with all of your heart you become much more prone to judging and condemning others; perhaps it is because we forgot how long it took us to get to where we are at or perhaps we forgot how much mercy God showed us along the way. What ever the reason is the fact still remains that the more sold out to Jesus you are the harder you will have to try to not judge and condemn others. You must make sure your zeal is always checked and ruled by love.
Jesus here gives us some good reasons as to why we shouldn’t judge people, but instead show them mercy. He basically says what goes around comes around. If you don’t judge others they won’t judge you. If you don’t condemn others they wont condemn you. If you show others mercy they will show it back to you. Forgive and others will be quick to forgive you back. Give and you will find others giving to you back. When someone gives to you doesn’t it just instantly make you want to give back to them?
Can you imagine if the whole world lived by this principal? That would be such a wonderful world to live in. In order to start the cycle someone has to choose to do so. Be the bigger person, despite the emotional pain it may take to do so, and break the toxic cycle and start forgiving, start giving, start loving instead of judging and helping instead of condemning.
Amen to that! Jesus had compassion for people, and we should too! The Bible does say that we should judge (Greg Laurie gave a great study on this) but not with condemnation!