THE REQUIREMENTS OF BEING A JUDGE
When Matthew 7:1 tells us “not to judge lest we be judged”, it is dealing with an unbreakable principle of life you could put in several different ways.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
“Give and it shall be given back to you.”
“Cast your bread upon the waters and in many days it will return.”
All of these simple statements reflect what is called the “Law of Reciprocity”, or as the scientific world puts it “for every action there is a reaction”.
“What does this have to do with judging?” you say. First of all, contrary to humanistic teaching, there is no private action. There are things I can do that will affect or hurt someone else. Remember the saying, “as long as it is between two consenting adults, it’s legal”; or, as in the case of drug addiction, “he’s only hurting himself!” God has made the human family and society so intricately woven together that the actions of one somehow affect the other.
The story is told about a rich and powerful man who loved to control others. He offered a group of men one million dollars to anyone who would kill one man. But no one replied. Then he produced a small red push button and said, “This represents an unknown man in the middle of Asia, one among billions. Now will you push the button and collect the money?” The level of temptation had changed greatly.
When Luke 6:38 tells us to give and it will be given back to you, Jesus is not referring only to money, but to life itself. The entire letter just before this scripture is the beatitudes, which sets our style for a successful life. After all is said and done, the bottom line in life is: you get what you give–only multiplied.
So when it comes to judging others, we must keep in mind that as we judge, others will judge us. Most judgment comes out of a standard we have in our mind that others should fit into. Quite often it’s not even the same standard that we live. You would not accept adultery in the life of a preacher, but you would tolerate it in the life of a plumber.
So there is really only one standard that is the key for unity and love among the brethren: the mind of Christ or the thinking that Christ has. In other words, love and acceptance, no matter what the condition of the life. Even a brother or sister in the body that is not doing what you agree with is still not for us to judge.
Remember, we are not the Holy Spirit; God is still in charge of them.
Set yourself into a new life of freedom and take the black robe off of the judge and put the white robe on of your righteousness and peace. Live in the sunlight of His love.
I love you,
Judge Watkins–with no one to condemn.