Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 4
Matthew 7:1-2—creates a higher standard for your own judgment
Judge not, that ye be not judged.2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
Judge not—the disposition to make hasty unfavorable judgments, opposite of love which thinks no evil and believes all things.
Be not judged—more than likely referring to God’s treatment of you on Judgment Day.
What judgment—the standard you use with others will be used on you.
Measured you—you’ll get it in kind from God and people.
James 2:13-- For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy
Matthew 7:3-5—your sin blinds you to pure judgment
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?4Or 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?5Thou 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.
Mote—splinter, dust. Beam—log, joist, rafter. Both made out of wood--Sin’s character is the same. Just differs in size. Study your faults; glance at faults of others.
Hypocrite—freaking out about others sins while ignoring yours.
Cast out—object is not just detection but correction. Want to be helpful to others? Remove your own sin. Idea is not to ignore all sin or make peace with it so as to not judge!
Matthew 7:6—it’s a waste of time, they aint listening
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Rend—tear, rip to pieces. Trample—metaphorically to treat with rudeness and insult.
Even after removing your sin, many will not be interested in your help. Identify this and stop. Some you just stop trying with. Requires ability to judge who pigs and dogs are!
1 Corinthians 4:1-5—you don’t know what you’re talking about
Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.5 Therefore 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: and then shall every man have praise of God.
Small thing—minor matter. Paul’s judgment—either good or bad—of himself isn’t even right, how would yours be?!
Nothing by myself—knows no personal fault in his action. Not justified—doesn’t mean he’s actually right! It is the Lord who judges.
Counsels of the heart—motives, spirit behind actions.
John 7:24—don’t judge appearances, judge righteous judgment.
Romans 14:2-4—other people don’t belong to you
For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
Another man’s servant—Christ’s. People belong to Him, let Him judge their performance.
Romans 14:11-13—you’re sin is a bigger problem for you
For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
Let us not judge—assume the office of judge. Judge this rather—pay attention to you and how helpful you are. Concern yourself with yourself.
James 4:11-12—It’s above your pay grade
Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
Speak evil—proudly disdain others, find fault from lofty perch. Back-bite elsewhere.
Speak evil of law—law says to love one another.
One lawgiver—God, who is also able to act on His judgments to save or destroy.
Who are you?—judging others means you think you can do God’s job.