“Who of us would dare to stand before God and say- “My God, judge me as I have judged my fellow men?” We have judged our fellow men as sinners; if God should judge us like that we would be in Hell. God judges us through the marvelous atonement of Jesus Christ.” –Oswald Chambers
Judge not that ye be not judged is a powerful statement. Why? Because we can place judgement and attach labels, but we cannot carry out a verdict: God can and will. We must not judge others according to our humanity and sinful nature else God will do the same with us. As Oswald Chambers said, I paraphrase, “Who would want God to judge them according to their sin?” The answer is no one. But praise God He doesn’t judge according to the measure of sin but the measure of grace; grace that is greater than all our sin: imputed to sinners through the atonement of the blood of Christ for the sins of the world. We can stand holy and blameless before a righteous Judge because His Son’s blood hath forgiven our debt and paid our ransom.
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
The hypocrisy that we should wish to be judge in the opposite manner as we ourselves judge. It is the selfishness of human condition that causes us to regard ourself in a better standing than our fellow man. When we judge others, we are judging ourselves: because all men are the same in God’s eyes. When we condemn the mote in our brother’s eye we are declaring that we have a beam in our own; we retain the greater condemnation because we pass the greater condemnation upon our brethren.
Before we look on the outward of others, we should look on the inward of ourselves. What is wrong in others we often recognized easily because it is our very struggle also. Don’t be quick to judge, but be quick to forgive even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist