Why Are Christians So Judgmental?
by Pastor Mike Fortune
August 29, 2015
- Because we confuse discernment with judgment (Luke 6:37; Luke 6:44; John 8:10-11)
- Because we withhold forgiveness (Luke 6:37; Quote)
- Because we have blind spots (Luke 6:38-42)
37 "Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you.
44 A tree is identified by its fruit.
10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, "Where are your accusers? Didn't even one of them condemn you?" 11 "No, Lord," she said. And Jesus said, "Neither do I. Go and sin no more."
Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.
Corrie Ten Boom
Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.
38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. 39 Then Jesus gave the following illustration: "Can one blind person lead another? Won't they both fall into a ditch? 40 Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher. 41 And why worry about a speck in your friend's eye when you have a log in your own? 42 How can you think of saying, 'Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,' when you can't see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend's eye.