By Jude Dias , Walk The Same
Read: Matthew 7:1
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”
This may be one of the most popular verses out there. In fact it is so popular that I was familiar with the verse before I read it in the Bible. While it is a very powerful and meaningful verse that does deserve the popularity it has, I personally believe that it is popular largely due to an unpopular reason. Two words: misguided context. Let me explain the verse in its wider context—“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” (Matthew 7:3-5).
Judging someone isn’t really the way to go and it’s mainly because we get carried away with the pointing-of-fingers bit and as a result, fail to take into account the negative stuff that we are doing in our own lives. And the reason why we fail to take into account our own faults is because we get so engrossed with the fault of the other person. I’ve no idea why but when we get started, it’s like adding fuel to fire. However, to judge someone is totally different from pointing someone in the right direction.
In the Bible, Christ tells us to pull out the plank from our own eyes first, which would allow us to see clearly when it comes to helping someone else pull out the speck from their own eyes. Essentially what this means is that we shouldn’t just stop ourselves and think all is jolly and well just as soon as we’ve addressed our shortcomings and sin; rather, we need to go out there and help others identify their shortcomings which they don’t usually see or notice for themselves.
If we are going to point fingers at someone else and not really help them or share advice because we don’t really have genuine concern for their mind, body and soul, then what are we really doing? Pointing fingers is a game that everyone and anyone can play but what sets the Christian apart from others is that they are those who actually go out there, help someone see the (wrong/incorrect) path they are taking and offer help and advice to address the concern at hand.
People who have a genuine concern for the well being of others are those who have gone through similar experiences and have taken a step of faith to trust in God and allow Him to take control and address the problem. It is only when we have found redemption from our own shortcomings and make a decision to walk in active repentance, can we go out there and identify the shortcomings of others. But as I mentioned above, identifying shortcomings doesn’t cut it. Instead, we should go out of our way to help and care for that person in love.
The people around us are not art exhibits for us to critique and point fingers at. You, I and the people around us are living and breathing creations of God, meant for the great plans that God has set out for each one of us. Let’s take genuine interest in the well-being of those around us. If we truly love and care for someone, we would go out of our way to point them in the right direction when they take a wrong turn.
And for those of us who have our loved ones sharing advice and help with us, think for a moment if what we are receiving is helpful and genuine before we get angry and worked up. Quit jumping into conclusions that we are being judged unfairly. Who knows? That very person could be sharing advice that potentially could change our life forever.