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Pronounce Guilt Upon

JudgeIn Luke 6.37 the judge Jesus words developed the thought, "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven." Jesus words taught us that whether in the law court or privately, it was not ours to judge. But how easy it is to want to be the judge of others even without knowing it. We make up our minds that someone is guilty. The noted Jewish-American trial lawyer Louis Nizer (1902-1994) pointed out, "When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that three of his fingers are pointing at himself." When we accuse another we are in the process condemning ourselves! Skye Jethani in writing about this passage in "Christianity Today" explained, "the key is recognizing that the word judge can be used in two different ways in the New Testament. Sometimes 'judge' is used to mean 'judge between things,' to differentiate, or discern. In this case, we judge between right and wrong, good and evil, righteous and unrighteous." The act of discernment is not what Jesus is forbidding, but the action of sitting in judgement on people or even condemning them.✞

Not Condemning

Paid BillWith this legal imagery, judge Jesus saw someone being given a sentence, and therefore warned his disciples in Luke 6.37, "Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned." His words were much harsher than before. "Do not come down hard upon someone," he was saying. "Don't blame, censure or pronounce guilt upon someone, or God will pronounce guilt upon you!" In the orient, there was a lovely custom that when a debt was paid in full, the bill was signed as paid and then nailed upon the door post of the one whose debt was cleared. In this way, anyone passing by could see it. May our forgiveness of others be as complete and as visible as this!✞

"Judge Jesus Words"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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