Overcoming Judgment

Chapter 23

Welcome to this new week, this Monday afternoon of week 23

Matthew 7:1 – “Judge not, that you be not judged.”

After spending some wonderful days in Manchester with two great friends, I was frequently reminded not to judge too quickly. What I perceived as a foreigner wasn’t necessarily an accurate reflection of what was actually happening, taking us to the verse for this week.

One verse that is frequently misunderstood is Matthew 7:1, where Jesus says, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” This verse is often used to discourage any form of judgment or discernment. However, when taken out of context, it overlooks the complete message Jesus was conveying.

When we examine the surrounding verses, we realize that Jesus was cautioning against hypocritical judgment. He emphasized the importance of introspection and self-reflection before casting judgment upon others. The intent behind this verse was to encourage humility and self-awareness, rather than promoting a blanket dismissal of discernment or accountability.

Rather than seeing this verse as a prohibition on all forms of judgment, we can interpret it as an invitation to cultivate compassion and understanding. A great approach to seeing others with empathy, and acknowledging our own imperfections and limitations. By doing so, we create an environment where forgiveness, growth, and genuine connections can flourish.

Wishing fruitful discussions this week as you uplift one another, and live out the positive and transformative message of the Bible.

Philemon

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