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:

  1. We do not know much about other’s motives and matters that are involved;
  2. It is difficult for us to be impartial as subconsciously we have emotional reactions and prejudices;
  3. 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.

  1. If you can’t see what is missing in yourself, you are not qualified to criticize what is missing in others.
  2. Whenever we are picky on other’s faults, we must think that we ourselves may have greater faults.
  3. 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.”

  1. We must get rid of the desire to criticize, and cast away the ungodly picky habits before we can see the truth clearly;
  2. Others will use the same standard that we use to look at them to look at us, perhaps even more;
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Prayer:
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

每日灵粮
星期六,2021年3月13日
题目:拔除论断的毒根
作者:张胜牧师

马太福音 7:1~5; 12
1你们不要论断人,免得你们被论断。
2因为你们怎样论断人,也必怎样被论断。你们用什么量器量给人,也必用什么量器量给你们。
3为什么看见你弟兄眼中有刺,却不想自己眼中有梁木呢?
4你自己眼中有梁木,怎能对你弟兄说,容我去掉你眼中的刺呢?
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,去掉你弟兄眼中的刺。
12所以无论何事,你们愿意人怎样待你们,你们也要怎样待人。因为这就是律法和先知的道理。

我们常常在教会里听到叫人不要论断的讲道,但论断却没有因此而终止,似乎“论断”一直还在教会“活”着。在人际关系的发展中,最常见到的,最具伤害性的事情就是论断。我对你有意见,怕当面责问会得罪你,于是便在私下的场合,对着另一个人发表我对你的不满,这就叫论断。有时候感觉到,在现代社会极其复杂的人际关系里,要在恶意的批评与善意的建议之间做一分别,还真不是一件容易的事。

当年耶稣所面对的群众与门徒早已走进了历史,可是在两千多年以来,人的本性并没有多大的改变,人们仍然是性好论断。人际关系中的许多纠纷、误会、伤害都由此而起。弟兄姐妹彼此之间,在教会里的生活,就像是肢体,基督是教会的头,肢体之间的相处,除了协调之外,实在是不应该为任何形式的冲突,找论断人的借口。

当我们论断別人时,就形成鸿沟,妨礙相交,甚至令自己容易处处反弹。论断的時候,我们总觉得自己比別人好,因为自己若是同样糟糕,就不会论断別人。论断別人,就是看見別人错的地方,卻看不見自己有同样的错,所以论断別人时,自己也会被论断。

不要论断人的原因有三:第一,我们对別人的动机及牽涉到的事,一知半解。第二,我们很难公正,在潜意识中有情绪的反应及偏見。第三只有神有能力和智慧去论断人。不论断不等於对別人的错处不闻不问或照单全收,乃是先对付自己眼中的樑木。

马太福音7:3「为甚么看见你弟兄眼中有剌,却不想自己眼中有梁木呢?」「刺」从木材上剥离的细小屑片;「梁木」粗大的木料。「刺」:原指从木头上剥落的小片,转用来指较细微的小过错。原指房屋建筑上所用的梁木,转用来指较明显的大过错。说实在的,『刺』只会叫人觉得伤痛,『梁木』却会压死人。

前节是说论断人的后果,本节是说论断人的不合式。一般论断人者,往往只看见别人的小弱点,却看不见自己更大的过失。(一)看不见自己身上缺失的人,就没有资格批评别人身上的缺失。(二)每逢我们挑剔别人的过错时,必须想到自己可能有更大的过错。 (三)越是污秽的人,越容易从别人的身上看出污秽来;越是圣洁的人,越不容易找出别人的错。

马太福音7:4「你自己眼中有梁木,怎能对你弟兄说:『容我去掉你眼中的剌』呢?」「你自己眼中有梁木」:『梁木』不单指自己的严重错误,也指对别人怀有成见,以致遮蔽了眼光,看不清事实真相。 「怎能对你弟兄说」:表示他根本不可能有公正的论断。所以信徒在评判别人之前,应先查看自己,越认识自己的人,越不敢随便定罪别人。

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。

马太福音 7:12所以无论何事,你们愿意人怎样待你们,你们也要怎样待人。因为这就是律法和先知的道理。「所以」:是承接上文的意思,表示前面几节的话是本节的根基,其含意包括着人与神之间正当的关系,是人与人之间正当关系的基础。

有的人常常想到别人待他不好,却很少想到他是怎样待别人的。如果你觉得别人待你不好,那正是你待别人的反应;别人如何待你就是面镜子,一种回声,和一个测验表,你如何对待人,就从别人如何对待你之中反映出来。你如何爱人,就必定得到人的爱。你如何尊敬人,就得到人的尊敬。反之,你恨人就必定被人恨;你侮慢人,就必被侮慢;你体贴人、帮助人、救济人,也会得到人的体贴、帮助和救济。你藐视人、欺骗人、亏负人,也会受到人的藐视、欺骗和亏负。总之你怎样待人,人也怎样待你。

所以你愿意别人怎样对待你,你就要怎样对待人。即或这个人没有同样的回报你,但另外有人会这样对待你。你不论断人就不被论断。你不定人的罪就不被定罪。你若饶恕人就必蒙饶恕。你若给人就必有给你的,甚至上尖下流的倒在你怀里。因为你用什么量器量给人,也必用什么量器量给你。即使连别人也没有这样还报你,但是神要报答你。这就是律法和先知的道理,是你首先应当听从的。

这里有门徒处事的金科玉律:「所以无论何事,你们愿意人怎样待你们,你们也要怎样待人」(12节)。这个比中国人所说:「己所不欲,勿施於人」來得更积极。这正是「己之所欲,施之於人」。耶稣把我们与神的关系,在结论的时候回归与人的关系,再次证明,与神关系好,与人的关系也会好。

如果你待人好,人反而待你坏,那你就有福了。因为你若能爱仇敌,为那逼迫你们的祷告,转左脸,送外衣,走二里,求则必给,借不望还,那样你就作神的儿子,完全像天父完全了。

祷告:
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。