do not judge others and you will not be judged.
do not condemn others or it will all come back against you.
forgive others and you will be forgiven.
give and you will receive.
your gift will return to you in full pressed down shaken together to make room for more running over and poured into your lap.
the amount you give will determine the amount you get back.
then Jesus gave the illustration can one blind person lead another?
won’t they both fall into a ditch?
students are not greater than their teacher.
but the student who is fully trained shall become like the teacher.
and why worry about a speck in your brother’s eye when you have a log in your own eye?
how can you think of saying friend let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?
first get rid of the log in your own eye then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your own eye.
when Jesus tells us not to judge others He doesn’t mean do not speak the truth in love cos He encourages us to exhort our brothers and sisters daily.
we are meant to urge the godliness in each other to emerge.
what we are not meant to do is to dismiss others potential for redemption or write them off while they are still breathing even if they are displaying no evidence of a life that’s willing to change and accept Christ’s miracle working power to transform their lives.
we all know pac has twisted this verse into the philosophy of only God can judge me making allowance for all kinds of sins.
the truth is if those people who say only God can judge me were judged by God they wouldn’t allow HIm the right to judge them either- if it was ever up to them to decide whether He is in a position to judge them and that will never happen cos they didn’t create Him just the opposite.
the only people for whom there is no hope are those who have deliberately shut their ears to the message of the gospel who go to the grave denying Christ exists who do not allow His words of truth and life and hope and joy to affect them and effect change in their lives.
this doesn’t mean God can’t use them even in their darkened mind states He just can’t break His own rules for them and let them into heaven unless they repent and decide they are finished with the prison sentence of a life lived without revelling in the glory of His presence.
we don’t like it when others put us down diss us or dismiss us as being incapable of greatness when our best efforts don’t seem to be good enough for them when others throw dirt in our faces when they assume because of the company we keep that there is corruption present in us controlling our every move or judge us by our past determining its gonna be our future despite Jehovah being in possession of knowledge to the contrary.
it is the hardest thing in the world not just to say I forgive you but to cancel out all memory in your mind of the evil they have done to you.
as far as the east is from the west that’s how far Christ has removed our transgressions from us.
He buries them in His deep forgetful sea.
He doesn’t keep reminding us of our sins that’s the devils job.
He does point a way out of our struggles however .
he or she who has been forgiven of much must forgive much in turn.
it has been well said that forgiveness is a gift we give both to others and ourselves.
bitterness and hatred has been proven to kill people by giving them stress and anxiety .
when we focus all our energy on the evil others have done to us we waste our time and short circuit our potential to be used by God to expand His kingdom.
He says don’t go into my house to worship if you have something against your father or mother or sister or brother or aunty or uncle or cousin or niece or nephew or step family member or homie or one who is determined to die labelled as your enemy.
we must first get it sorted between those who are giving us a reason to grumble then come into God’s house refreshed and ready to worship.
no flesh may glory in His presence.
our minds must be cleared of all distractions obstacles or stumbling blocks preventing us from entering into His throne room of worship with a pure heart.
remember He does not despise a broken heart but He will not accept an impure sacrifice.
He looked more favourably on the prayers of the tax collector who acknowledged his sins than He did on the Pharisee who was boasting vaingloriously about how wonderful he was in comparison to the dirty rotten scumbag who was known to cheat people by charging more for their taxes so he could pocket the extra for himself sitting/ prostrated on the temple floor next to him.
sometimes God gives to you without you having to first give away your possessions to others.
you can never give Him anything that doesn’t already belong to HIm in the first place anyway.
so if you don’t give to Him you are actually stealing from Him not from people.
He only asks us to give a small portion back of what already belongs to Him.
God blesses the righteous with material wealth as well as the wicked so what is this passage really talking about?
lets let scripture answer scripture and make the connection if you will to Gods treasures in heaven where moth and rust cannot destroy and where thieves cannot break in and steal.
let us consider for a moment which is better to have your reward on earth and to leave it behind when you leave this planet or to have a treasure that lasts beyond this life that no one no tax man no thief no greedy relative can ever trick out of your fingers.
Jesus didn’t consider greatness something to be grasped but made Himself of no reputation in order to save the world.
He debased Himself to lift us higher beyond the stars.
and in lowering Himself in humility He was no less God than when He began breathing the universe to life.
I have to say that the principle of sowing and reaping demonstrated in this passage does work.
I have seen God return to me the exact same amount I have given to others.
I just want to focus on the fact that eternal life is a treasure greater than any scale can measure.
if we don’t empty ourselves out and give generously God has given us no reason to bless us.
when He blesses those still walking in darkness He is just trying to get their attention by showing them what He can do while they refuse to acknowledge the fact they are only breathing cos Omega permits it.
unless I read God’s word daily and keep my ears open to His voice I am just a spiritually deafened and blind man pulling others into a ditch.
I am no better than that man that causes children to stumble who deserves to have a millstone thrown around his neck and tossed in the ocean blue.
yet that is not my destiny cos Christ is ultimately in charge of it as long as I allow Him to sit behind the wheel of every single decision I make.
being trained by God is a lifetime process.
some people buy the lie that sticking money in the offering bucket will save them from hell.
don’t get it twisted God can use your money even if you give it with wrong motives but no matter how big a mountain of money you pile at the foot of the cross it wont get you into heaven only a heart that is pure and fully devoted to Him to let HIm be the boss of our morality and sexuality and let HIm lead us away from trouble in our choices as we bend our will towards the direction of HIs holiness.
it is often easy for us to see fault in others rather than to see it in ourselves.
this is what we must always do when we are pointing out the wrong in others.
we have to bring that equalizer and show them from the story of our own lives how the choices we made led to bad consequences or if we have no examples from our own lives that immediately come to mind we should use someone elses story to help them see how hopeless purposeless and worthless life without Christ ultimately is.
people will just think we are being demeaning and patronizing if we can only see the sin in others and never in ourselves.
they will not want to change until they can obviously recognize how Jesus has redeemed our lives and visualize what He has saved us from and how much better and brighter our future now is since we put it in His hands.
Lord Jesus please remove the logs from our eyes so we can possess the ability to remove the specks from others vision.
I have no ability to be a visionary unless I have the spirit of the one who raised Himself from the dead and envisioned the world in HIs mental blueprint living in me .