“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 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? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
Are you a critical person? Do you judge the actions and motivations of others? Do you hold yourself to the same standards by which you judge? All of us are tempted to be judgmental. Sometimes our judgments may even be true but most of the time we find comfort in seeing others fail because we feel like failures. We can find great pride in feeling “better” than the person next to us.
The Corinthians had become a prideful people. They were finding their favorites between Paul and Cephas or Apollos. Some of the Corinthians who were followers of Apollos or Cephas were known to talk disparagingly of Paul, especially of his speaking ability, thinking they were able to judge his spiritual effectiveness (ESV study notes). Can you imagine knowing what you know about Paul now questioning and whether or not he would be effective? Pride always blinds us and causes us to judge based on shallow things. How many times in your life have you passed on a leader in your life because they were not polished and flashy? How many times have you chosen a church because of the excellence of their programs but have no idea about the genuineness of their hearts?
If God judges the heart and not the outer appearance, then shouldn’t we follow our Father’s example? How much time do you spend investing in your outer appearance verses your inward spiritual health? What are some steps you can begin to take this week?
By: Chad Wiles