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WHY WE JUDGE

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LAST WEEK

We talked about the Beauty of Wonder and the Death of Worry
We concluded that Worry is indeed a sin
That Worry shouldn’t be a part of the Christian Practice
One thing that we discovered at home group
Is that there is a healthy worry
Or a worry
We were encouraged to stop worrying and begin to Wonder
Wonder how God is going to intervene
Wonder how God is going to change our perspective
Wonder how God is going to provide
Though Worry is something that is very hard to deal with
With God we have all the reason to change our Worry to Wonder

THIS WEEK

We will talk about something that is almost along the same lines
We will talk about something that we normally joke around about
Something that has a very thin line between joke and seriousness
Some people use this term to to excuse their behaviors
Others use it as a way to approve their righteousness
We are going to talk about Judgement
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Today, we will talk about something that we are ok with giving out, but something that we are never ok with receiving
We will also be talking about Biblical Karma
I now y’all dont like that word
But I think there is no other way to explain what Jesus is trying to say
I am praying that today:
We as a church would start a trend that changes the status quo of the Church
I believe that the Church has been known as a source of Judgement
I believe that the Church has been misdefining its core values by judging sin
I believe this passage has the ability to change our perspective.

READ MATTHEW 7:1-6

7 “Judge not, that you be not judged.

7 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

6 “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.

Before we can begin to understand what this means for us today
I really think we need to correctly define a couple of things
First of all what does Jesus mean by Judge?
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It is the word Krino
Which means to pass judgement
To Consider to Separate from
More akin to our culture
To Condemn
To Pronounce Guilty
It is the same word used in

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

What is Jesus trying to prevent us from doing?
Remember, He is talking to people with the potential of Heaven in Mind.
Jesus is trying to create a culture where Salvation ushers in Joy instead of Judgement
He is trying to set in place some core values that are the antithesis of what currently exists
He is trying to switch the norm from a Spirit of Condemnation to a Spirit of Forgiveness
He sees these people with a potential of flourishing in a forgiven state
He sees them already experiencing the characteristic that separates Jesus from every other god on this earth
Which is the Characteristic of Grace
He says:
Condemn Not
Judge Not
That you wont be judged
That you wont be condemned
So if Jesus is asking us not to do something
If condemnation and judgement are prohibited by Jesus
Why are they such a part of the worlds definition of the Church?
Why does the world see us as a very Judgmental Source?
Church, we need to change this:
We need to be known for the love that has saved us
We need to be known as a place where Forgiveness Thrives
We need to be known as a venue of Grace
We need to be known for having the qualities of Reconciliation
I think, that until we understand the weight of verse 2, we will never get there.

2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.

Jesus is telling us in very plain words
Don’t Judge or Condemn anyone
That you may prevent such judgement and condemnation to come upon you
Why is Jesus so adamant in expelling Judgement and Condemnation from the Christian Walk?
Jesus is looking at us as people who will one day live into the truth of this verse in :

8 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

As Jesus People
We love to show and tell everyone a picture of God’s Love
We even share verses like

10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

We love to show and tell people the picture of Redemption in our story
We talk about How God has restored us
How He is redeeming us
How He has revived us
However, how do we show that we have been forgiven?
However, How do we put on display that we as followers of Jesus are exempt from condemnation?
If Jesus wants to create a culture that lacks judgement and thrives in grace
We love to tell people our story
How we have been forgiven
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How can the church be known/seen as a rich and generous source of grace and a place that lacks judgement?

3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?

The weight of verse 2 should cause us to put a stop to our tendency to judge

As Christians, We should be more inclined to forgive and put a plan of reconciliation in place than
Than to proclaim a guilty verdict and move on with a sentencing
As Christ Followers, We should be more inclined to present a Gospel Centered Solution
Than make accusations of what people deserve
We should stop, and remember
That we were once dead in our sins
That we were once without hope
That we were once without an Advocate to plead our case
That we deserved not only a guilty verdict
But a just punishment
Church, we need to realize that the heavy handedness of our judgmental spirit may come back on our heads.
We need to realize that when we judge others
We are permitting God to judge us with the same measure
We are inviting him to enter our lives and replace forgiveness with Judgement
We are ultimately asking him to resort back to the justice we deserve at the expense of the Grace that Jesus went to the cross to extend.
How can we prevent this?
How can we continue to be known as a Kingdom of Forgiven People?

How can we prevent this Judgmental Practice from confirming our Hypocrisy?

5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

How many of us want to be known by Jesus as Hypocrites?
I hope thats not a goal of ours
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I hope thats not something we hear one day
But to be honest, thats what I hear sometimes
In fact, I am the one that preaches to myself this message
So what can we do?
First
Remove the plank from your own eye
Remove what is hindering your vision
Remove the log that is in your own life
For then you will see clearly
And then you will be able to remove the speck from your own brother’s eye
What is Jesus doing here?
Do you notice that Jesus visually makes our sin greater than our brothers sin?
Also, do you notice that Jesus is inviting us to deal with Sin together?
Also, do you notice that Jesus is inviting us to deal with Sin together?
Also, do you notice that Jesus is inviting us to deal with Sin together?
He isn’t saying
He isn’t saying
He isn’t saying
Don’t Judge Anybody. Nor call them out on their sin
Don’t Judge Anybody. Nor call them out on their sin
Don’t Judge Anybody. Nor call them out on their sin
He is saying
He is saying
He is saying
Don’t Judge anybody, instead, deal with sin together in brotherly love.
Don’t Judge anybody, instead, deal with sin together in brotherly love.
Don’t Judge anybody, instead, deal with sin together in brotherly love.

15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love

15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love

15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love

He is calling us away from a Hypocritical State
To a state of Forgiveness through Community
He is calling us away from a Judgmental Spirit
To a Partnership of Forgiveness
He is calling us away from a Lonely Reconciliation
Into a community that deals with sin together
Church, normally, our sin isolates ourselves.
Here Jesus is calling us to partner together in reconciliation
Here, Jesus is asking us to work together when it comes to restoration
Jesus is telling us, instead of Judging the size of ones sin
Let’s deal with it together
So how do we do it?
First, in order for us to have the right perspective
We must realize that our sin is greater than our brothers sin
This is what humbles us
This is what prepares our heart
This is how we will handle a sinful situation with grace and mercy.
Do you notice that Jesus visually makes our sin greater than our brothers sin?
Also, do you notice that Jesus is inviting us to deal with Sin together?
He isn’t saying
Don’t Judge Anybody. Nor call them out on their sin
He is saying
Don’t Judge anybody, instead, deal with sin together in brotherly love.

15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love

15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love
The New King James Version. (1982). (). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
Church, we need to get this right
15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
The New King James Version. (1982). (Eph 4:15–16). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Nobody else has
The New King James Version. (1982). (Eph 4:15–16). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
No other religion has both Grace and Truth
No other God presents himself as the solution for sin
Now, for the hardest verse ever.

6 “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.

Jesus finishes off this section of scripture with a doozy.
What is Jesus saying here:
Jesus is revealing to us that there will be people who you will want to work with
Christians who you will want to restore
Christians that you are trying to bring back into a relationship with Jesus
Unbelievers who you know Jesus loves
But whom also see the Gospel as worthless
Who see the solution you are presenting and laugh
Who hear the words of Jesus and they mock Him
Jesus says,
To those who are self righteous
Who have no need of a physician
Let me deal with them later
For those who take my holy word and mock it
Yield to the Holy Spirit, and allow Him to work
As for you
Don’t cast the beauty of the Gospel among those who are mocking it
If people don’t want the truth, we cant expect Grace to do a work
For those who take the beauty of the Gospel and devalue it
For those unwilling to repent and move forward in the power of Jesus
Discern where you have ministry and where you are not welcomed
Ask the Lord to show you how to minister to them
There comes a time when
Why?
Because in displaying Grace where Truth is needed is like giving a diagnosis without the acknowledgement of the sickness.
If people don’t want the truth, we cant expect Grace to do a work
Grace is only grace when the truth is acknowledged.
We must realize that
If people cant confess their sin,
If people cant confess sin, they will mishandle the truth and the grace of the Bible
They will mishandle the truth and the grace of the Bible
If their sin is always smaller than everyone elses
They will mishandle the Holy and devalue the Precious Pearls.
The Hypocrite and the Judgmental look at what the Gospel offers others, and they scoff at it because they have yet to know its worth.
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