Judge not…forgive…give…in that order

Luke 6:37-42

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;  give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

 He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.

 What a mind-set!  This is the opposite of what we see in the general population of mankind.  We like to take the outward look, looking toward others, and instead of service and giving, we turn it around back into one where we once again place ourselves above another.  When it comes to cleaning up a lifestyle, habits and actions, we are skilled at seeing what needs to be cleaned in others.  This is when the focus turns inward to account for our own actions.  So alien to the world’s mind-set, and so common among believers as well.  We buy into the judging of others like little children wanting to take the heat off of themselves.

 Take away – Turn our vision inward first when judging.  Turn it outward toward others when giving, serving, sharing.  Be more concerned with and about giving; Be less concerned with judging others.

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