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"Judge Not"

Date published: 02/28/2010

Luke 6:41“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?” (NIV)< span style="font-family: 'Century Gothic','sans-serif'; font-size: 10pt">

I heard a story yesterday about a team of missionaries in Israel who evangelized by example. It is against the law in Israel to bring up Christ to someone else. Instead of speaking about Jesus, they performed their jobs with a quality and quantity that made others want to ask more about their lives. This gave them the opportunity to share Christ. Unfortunately we hear too many stories of Christians performing no better than others and sometimes with character traits that dishonor Christ. Unbelievers get turned off when people exhibit judgmental behavior while they are guilty of similar behavior. This was not unique to Jesus’ day. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 4:5 “Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts.” Jesus knew that when you judge others you only highlight the sin in your own life. A Barnabas survey recently found that people are turned off by Christians because of hypocrisy and the tendency of Christians to be judgmental. That’s why Paul said to leave judgment to God and focus on living a life that points to Christ. Colossians 1:10-11“That you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” Your actions will not only point to Jesus, but will also lift others up by your example. Judgment normally flows out of self-centeredness while living the life to which God calls you places your faith in God. Next time you find yourself judging someone, see how you can first lift your behavior to a level that proclaims Christ!

Philippians 1:18 “But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.” (NIV)