It is interesting to consider questions Jesus asked. For example, “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3) He asked that after he condemned a judgmental attitude: “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2) Do you have a judgmental spirit or attitude?
I have a judgmental spirit if someone’s failure:
- Improves the opinion I have of myself.
- Decreases my concern for my own faults.
- Makes me eager to tell others.
- Causes me to feel I cannot forgive them.
Is it time to throw away your personal tape measure, the one producing your judgmental spirit? Otherwise God will use your standard of judgment on you, and do you really want that? For example, you condemn someone who commits a publicly known sin. You want nothing to do with them - you won’t try to reach them and you have no interest in forgiving them. So God will use your standard on you: have you ever sinned in front of others? If so, then God will not reach out to you or forgive you. Why? Because that is your standard of judgment.
Jesus could not be any clearer: “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:14-15) And Jesus meant it.
Time to throw away your tape measure? Heaven’s in the balance.