“Judge not, lest you be judged.” This is one of the most familiar phrases in the Bible. It is also one of the most misunderstood and misused phrases in the Bible. Does this verse mean that we should never point out any sin or struggle in the lives of those we love for fear that they will feel “judged”?
Others might use the phrase, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone…” to avoid being called out in an area of struggle or sin. Is Jesus telling us to “mind our own business?”
There is no doubt that this passage is a warning about how we relate to others, but what did Jesus really when he said, “Judge not?” As we continue our study in the Sermon on the Mount, we will learn what Jesus had in mind, and we’ll learn valuable lessons on how we should relate in love to the world around us.
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Two questions every Christian should ask himself or herself are the following: “Where is my heart,” and “Where is my treasure?” In His sermon the mount, Jesus makes the connection that our heart and our treasure are always in agreement. In Matthew 6:21, He says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Jesus has always been more concerned with our heart versus our actions. Out of our mouths come that which fill the heart (Matthew 12:34). The religious leaders in Jesus’ day were more focused on their conduct when Jesus is more concerned with our character. Our conduct flows out of our character. Jesus calls us to store up for ourselves treasures in heaven where moth and rust do no destroy and where thieves cannot break in and steal versus storing up for ourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust do destroy and where thieves do break in and steal. What kind of investments are you making? Are you seeking first the King and His Kingdom or are you seeking first your kingdom and investing in earth?