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Do not Judge Others

John Collins03/08/2012Matthew 7 tells us not to judge, otherwise we ourselves will be judged.

With the things that we judge others against, we will also be judged against the same.  Jesus asked why we show the small fragments in another's eye, when we ourselves have large objects in our own eyes.  How can we ask to help them remove the fragment when we have a large object blocking our view?  Those who do this are hypocrites, and Jesus said to remove the large object from our own eyes first.

He said not give our holy things to dogs or throw our pearls to the pigs in the mud, or they will trample our holy things and return them again to us.  

We should ask, He said, and it will be given to us.  Seek, and we will find.  Knock, and the door will be opened.  Everyone that asks receives, and every one that seeks will find.  To those that knock on the door, it will be opened.

What father will give his son a stone when he asks for bread?  Or a serpent when he asks for fish?

If we, being evil, know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more does the Father in heaven give good things to us when we ask? Whatever we would have men do to us, we should also do to them; this is the law and the teachings of the prophets.

The gate that leads to destruction is very wide, and many will go down the path of destruction.  The path that leads to life is very narrow, and few will find it.

We should beware of false prophets -- they come disguised as simple, humble sheep but are inwardly ravenous wolves.  You will know them by the fruits that they produce.  Every good tree will produce good fruit, but every bad tree will produce bad fruit.  A good tree cannot produce bad fruit. 

How do we know false prophets?  Like the trees, by their fruit you will know.  Not every one that calls Jesus Lord will enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Only those that do the will of the Father.  Many try to get into heaven by claiming their prophecy in His name, or by their casting out devils or other works, but Jesus will tell them "Depart from me.  I never knew you."

When you hear the words of Jesus, He will consider you a wise man.  The foundation he makes by the words of Jesus will be like a rock instead of sinking sand. 

When he was finished teaching, everyone was astonished.  He spoke with authority instead of one of the scribes. 

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we judge others?  Are we increasing the judgements against ourselves by the many things we judge others by?  Are we seeking the things of God, so that He can give them to us?  Do we test the prophets against the followings that they have produced?  Are we putting our foundation in Christ, or the doctrines of man?