Judging Presumes Intent and Denies Grace

Daily God Walk for Wednesday, April 21, 2010

 Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.                           – Matthew 7:1-2

 The key to understanding this passage is in the phrase, “with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” After thinking this idea through I have come to the conclusion that the statement about judging is connected to the command about forgiving.

If we have unforgiveness toward another, then unforgiveness will be held out against us. If we presume that one who has offended us had evil intent, then we will be judged as if we had evil intent in our heart. Do you see how that works?

If we withhold grace from another then grace is blocked from covering our own sin. You and I need grace to cover our own sins, we can’t afford to let our attitude toward others to become an obstacle to our own walk with God.

When we look at another with bitterness in our heart, or if we carry a grudge toward another, or if vengeance is our motive for condemning the actions of another, then we are just setting ourselves up to receive the same judgment.

Let’s flip that coin and look at the other side. I have received grace, therefore I know its value. I extend grace to others because I want to see the same effect in their life as I have had in mine. I know the joy of being forgiven and I want that joy to be extended to others.

Grace abounds in us and joy exudes from us when we extend to others the same gift God has extended to us. If the measure we use for others is consistent with the measure that God has used with us then we have given grace to a brother, expanded the kingdom of God, and our reward is righteousness in his kingdom.

There is a reason the Psalmist wrote, “Great peace have they who love your law and nothing shall offend them” ( Psalm 119:165). When grace and forgiveness is the law by which we live we have great peace.

 Principle:  I extend grace to others just as I have received grace from God.

 Affirmation:  I am thankful that judging others is not my responsibility.

 Prayer:  Lord, help me to look at others through the grace that you have extended to me. In Jesus name, amen.

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