05
Mar
14

Judgment Versus Mercy

Jesus continues in Luke 6:37-42 by picking up where He left off in the previous passage.  He is talking about mercy and being merciful.  Jesus gives two prohibitions and two exhortations in verses 37-38:

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you.

​ – Luke 6:37-38 (NIV)​ 
Does this mean that Jesus’ followers should not use discernment?  Does it mean that Christians have to lie about sin?  Not at all!  We must call sin what it is – SIN!  But we must also demonstrate mercy to those who sin against us.  I believe that we must judge properly.  This means we have to follow Scripture and Jesus’ parable in verses 41-42.  If you struggle with sexual sin, then you have no right to point out the sexual sin with which others may struggle.  That’s hypocrisy!  That does not mean that we ignore what Scripture says about sexual sin (or any other sin for that matter).  It means that we look at ourselves first and once we’ve dealt with our own sin, then we help others with theirs.
The key to helping others with their sin is that our motives must be pure.  Rather than being judgmental and condemning, let us learn to be forgiving and merciful.  Let us help others experience the grace and mercy of God instead of scaring them into a relationship with Jesus.  We cannot expect to experience God’s forgiveness if we will not forgive.  We cannot expect to experience God’s mercy if we won’t be merciful.
Here’s a challenge for today: find someone you’ve been judging and condemning, whether in your heart or to their face, and apologize to them.  Confess your sin to them and ask for their forgiveness.  Then do something nice for them.  You’ll feel better and God will be pleased.

Luke 6:37-42 (NIV)

Judging Others

37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

39 He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.

41 “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? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

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