Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Matthew 7:1–7:5
"Judged" - A view from the other side of judging, a video from Central Christian Church in Las Vegas, NV.
Luke 6:36 NIV
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Matthew 7:1-5 NIV
"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. "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.
"Judge How" Principles
When it comes to loving confrontation, Matthew 7:1-5 teaches us: (1) MIRROR FIRST (Before you remove somebody else's speck, deal with your own plank first); (2) YELLOW LIGHT (not "red light" = "you should never judge"; not "green light" = "it's my right to judge"; but "yellow light" = proceed with caution).
Insiders vs. Outsiders
Not all judgments are equal. The Bible makes a distinction between judging and confronting those within the church versus those outside the church.
Why Two Different Approaches?
For those inside the church, we're mutually committed to: (1) the authority of Scripture; (2) the command to love each other. While we can't assume this with outsiders, with fellow Christians we should believe we all want to honor God's Word in our lives and we want the best for each other. This should be the basis for our difficult conversations.
Galatians 6:1-2 NIV
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Restoration not Condemnation
The goal in judging and confronting within the body of Christ is restoration not condemnation. We're commanded to do so with a spirit of gentleness not vindictiveness. Even then, this pattern should be the exception; carrying each other's burdens should be the rule.
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