Saturday，13 March 2021
Title: Eradicate the poisonous root of judging
Author：Pastor Johnson Chong
Translator: Irene Hong
Mathew 7:1-5; 12
1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.3 “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? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for these sums up the Law and the Prophets.
We often hear sermons in the church with topic on “Not to Judge”, yet judging does not end after the preaching. It seems that “judging” is still very much “alive” in the church. In the development of interpersonal relationships, the most common and most harmful thing is judging. I have an opinion of you, and I’m afraid that it will offend you if I confront you directly. So I privately express my dissatisfaction of you to another person, and this is called judging. Sometimes I feel that it is really not easy to differentiate between malicious criticism and constructive suggestions in the current modern society which has extremely complex interpersonal relationships.
The crowds and disciples that Jesus encountered had entered into history, but human nature had not changed much in this two thousand years, people still like to judge. Many disputes, misunderstandings, and injuries in interpersonal relationships arise from judging. The lives of brothers and sisters in the church are like a body where Christ is the head of the church. Apart from coordinating among different parts of the body, there should be no excuses to judge others for any form of conflict.
When we judge others, a gap that hinder interaction will be formed and even make ourselves easy to be rebound back. When judging, we always feel that we are better than others, because if we are equally lousy, we will not judge others. To judge others is seeing the wrong of others, but do not see the same wrong in us, so when judging others, we will also be judged.
There are three reasons why we should not judge others:
- We do not know much about other’s motives and matters that are involved;
- It is difficult for us to be impartial as subconsciously we have emotional reactions and prejudices;
- Only God has the power and wisdom to judge people. Not judging does not means that we are ignoring others’ wrong doing or accepting whatever they do, it is simply to deal with the plank in our own eyes first.
Mathew 7:3 “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?” “Specks of sawdust” are small chips peeled from wood; “plank” are thick wood. “speck”, originally referred to small pieces peeled off from the wood, is now used to refer to the subtler mistakes. Plank, originally referred to be used in the construction of houses, is now being used to refer to the more obvious big mistakes. To be honest, “speck” will only make people feel hurt, but “plank” will crush people to death.
The previous section refers to the consequences of judging others, and this section refers to the unsuitability of judging others. Generally when judging others, people often only see the small weaknesses of others, but they fail to see their own greater weaknesses.
- If you can’t see what is missing in yourself, you are not qualified to criticize what is missing in others.
- Whenever we are picky on other’s faults, we must think that we ourselves may have greater faults.
- The more filthier one is, the easier it is to see the filthiness in others; the more holy one is, the less likely one is to find the fault in others.
Mathew 7:4 “How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” You have plank in your own eye”: “Plank” not only refer to your own serious mistakes, but also refers to being prejudiced against others, resulting in blinding your eyes and lose sight of the truth. “How to say to your brother”: It means that it is impossible for him to have a fair judgment at all. Therefore, believers should look at themselves before judging others. The more they know themselves, the less they dare to condemn others casually.
Mathew 7:5 “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
- We must get rid of the desire to criticize, and cast away the ungodly picky habits before we can see the truth clearly;
- Others will use the same standard that we use to look at them to look at us, perhaps even more;
- What our eyes need to see clearly is not the “specks” in the eyes of others, but how to “remove” the specks. To get rid of the specks in the eyes of others, the important thing is not to see the specks clearly, but to make ourselves be acceptable in the eyes of others, and naturally the specks will be removed.
- We must be dealt with by the Lord first before dealing with others; our true help to others is based on our personal experience. The lesson of the cross always starts with oneself first.
Mathew 7:12 “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
“So”: is a continuation of the meaning of the above, which means that the words of the previous verses are the foundation of this verse, and its meaning includes the proper relationship between man and God, and is the basis of the proper relationship between man and man.
Some people often think that others treat him badly, but seldom think of how he treats others. If you feel that others treat you badly, it is the same reaction you treat others; how others treat you is a mirror, an echo, and a survey. How you treat people is reflected in how others treat you. How you love others, you will surely get the same love back. How you respect people, you get their respect. On the contrary, if you hate others, you will definitely be hated; if you insult others, you will be insulted; if you are considerate, help others, and relieve others, you will also receive consideration, help, and relief from others. If you despise, deceive, and defraud people, you will also be despised, deceived, and defrauded. In short, how you treat people, people will treat you the same way.
So how you want others to treat you, you have to treat them the same way. Even if this person does not treat you in the same way, someone else will treat you like this. You will not be judged if you don’t judge others. You won’t be convicted if you don’t condemn others. If you forgive others, you will be forgiven. If you give to someone, you will be given, and even with 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. Even if no one else repays you like this, God will surely repay you. This is the doctrine of the law and the prophets, and it is the first thing you should obey.
Here is the golden rule of discipleship: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you”(v12) This is more positive than what the Chinese say: “Do not do to others what you do not want others to do to you.” This is exactly what you want to do to others. Jesus related our relationship with God to our relationship with man in his conclusion, proving once again that if we have a good relationship with God, our relationship with people will also be good.
If you treat others well and others treat you badly, then you are blessed. Because if you can love the enemy and pray for those who persecute you, turn your face to the left, give your coat, and walk two miles, and you will give it if others ask, and you will lend and not expect return, then you will be a son of God, completely and wholly, like your Heavenly Father.
Dear Abba Father, we want to thank you and praise you. Lord, your word enlightens us, please help each one of us to completely eradicate the poisonous root of judging, that you God may be glorified, others be benefited and we ourselves be moulded. May we be able to come before you, to be determined to never slander others; may we be able to reject serving Satan, not to be tools of Satan, not to spread seeds of suspicion and jealousy; may we learn to control our tongue, only speak words that are pleasing to you; may we be able to act with integrity; may our Holy God cleanse our lips, that we will not judge others indiscriminately, unjustly, out of nothing and irresponsibly, may we be saints that conform to God’s will. Make us tolerate each other, accept each other, love each other, that we may bear with each other’s and enable us to live out the glory of God. Thank you and we pray all this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen
马太福音 7：1~5; 12
马太福音7：5「你这假冒为善的人！先去掉自己眼中的梁木，然后才能看得清楚，去掉你弟兄眼中的剌。」(一)我们先去掉爱好批评的恶欲，抛弃那种不敬虔的挑剔恶习，然后才能看清楚事实真相。 (二)我们以怎样的标准来看待别人，别人也以甚么样的标准加倍看待我们。 (三)我们的眼睛所要看得清楚的，不是别人眼中的「刺」，而是如何「去掉」刺。要去掉别人眼中的刺，要紧的不是把那刺看得真切，而是使我们自己在别人的眼中显得可爱，自然而然就会把那根刺化除了。(四)自己先受主的对付，然后才能对付别人；我们对人真实的帮助，乃是根据我们亲身的经历。十字架的功课，总是先从自己身上开始的。
亲爱的阿爸天父，我们要感谢和赞美你。主啊，你的话语一打开，就有亮光，求主帮助我们每一个人都能够彻底拔除论断的毒根，好叫神得荣耀，人得益处，己得造就。但愿我们在你面前，立志永不发出诽谤人的恶言; 但愿我们都拒绝事奉撒但，不再称`为撒旦的工具，不再散播猜疑和嫉妒的种子; 但愿我们学会如何轭制自己的舌头，只讲能蒙上帝悦纳的话语，但愿我们为人处事洁身自好，求圣洁的上帝洁净我们的口，让我们不随意的、无端的、无中生有的、不负责任的论断别人，做合神心意的圣徒。使我们彼此包容，彼此接纳，彼此相爱，使我们彼此担当，使我们能够活出神的荣耀。感谢祷告祈求，是奉我主耶稣基督的圣名，阿门。