Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Don’t be Judgemental

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

28th October 2012

Jesus certainly had a sense of humour. As His human father was a carpenter it wouldn’t surprise me if Jesus said the following with twinkle in His eye,

‘Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye’. (Matthew 7:3-5)

Yet beyond the humour behind this statement is a very important principle:

‘Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you’. (V.1-2)

Jesus knew that we all have the propensity to judge people. Very often, when we meet someone for the first time we decide very quickly whether or not we like the person.

So Jesus was making it very clear to the crowd, and to us, that we too will be judged if we consider ourselves to be superior to or better than someone else, while all the time we look down our self-righteous noses at them.

Don’t be judgemental of others. To judge is to condemn. This is especially true if we lack understanding of the other person’s situation. We see the sawdust in their eyes when we have planks in ours.

An old Indian proverb says,

“Don’t judge any man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins."

Unless we put ourselves in the shoes of another person, not just for an hour or a day, but for months, in all seasons and in all circumstances, seeing how they see, experiencing what they experience, enduring all that they have to endure, then we are in no position to judge.

Are we praying for the plight of others, are we concerned for those with issues, empathetic towards those with problems, or are we blinded by planks in our eyes?

It’s a probing question isn’t it?

Have a good couple of moons walking in the shoes of someone else.

Pastor Barry

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