Devotional for October 5
Text: Matthew 7:1-6
Memorize: “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For by the standard you judge you will be judged, and the measure you use will be the measure you receive.” Matthew 7:1-2 NET
It was said of T.W. Brents, “He was absolutely without mercy toward error, but not so toward men; a man of charity toward human weakness and frailty, but woe be to the man who stood before him to champion an unscriptural position!” Jesus does not want us to sacrifice truth, but he warns against the judgmental attitude, the finger ready to point at the faults of others. Williams translates the first part, “Stop criticizing others.”
“If you insist on condemning others, you exclude yourself from God’s forgiveness” (R.H. Mounce, Matthew, Good News Commentary: 61).
Word Cue: Measure (Gr., metron). “One of the most common forms of injustice in biblical times was the use of unjust measures” (ISBE2).
Prayer: Lord, give me that sweet and patient spirit with others that Jesus had. Before criticizing others, may I remember my own faults and be grateful for your forgiveness in Christ. Amen.
Action Question: When do I tend to judge others most harshly? How can I avoid those moments?