Judge Not!

“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5

The people partook largely of the same (pharisaical) spirit, intruding upon the province of conscience and judging one another in matters that lay between the soul and God.  It was in reference to this spirit and practice that Jesus said, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”  That is, do not set yourself up as a standard.  Do not make your opinions, your views of duty, your interpretations of Scripture, a criterion for others and in your heart condemn them if they do not come up to your ideal.  Do not criticize others, conjecturing as to their motives and passing judgment upon them.

“Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts.”  I Corinthians 4:5  We cannot read the heart. Ourselves faulty, we are not qualified to sit in judgement upon others. Finite men judge only from outward appearance.  To Him alone who knows the secret springs of action, and who deals tenderly and compassionately, is it given to decide the case of every soul.

E. G. White, Thoughts From The Mount Of Blessing, pp. 123, 124

If you have cherished a wrong spirit, let it be banished from the soul.  It is your duty to eradicate from your heart everything that is of a defiling nature.  Every root of bitterness should be plucked up, lest others be contaminated by its baleful influence.  Do not allow one poisonous plant to remain in the soil of your heart.  Root it out this very hour, and plant in its stead the plant of love.  Let Jesus be enshrined in the soul.  Christ is our example.  He went about doing good.  He lived to bless others.  Love beautified and ennobled all His actions, and we are commanded to follow in His steps.

E. G. White, That I May Know Him, p. 187


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