Sermon 30~~~Upon our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount~~~Discourse 10

“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in  thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye;
and then thou shalt see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine; lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto
you. For everyone that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, who, if his son ask bread, will give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will give him a serpent? If ye, then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good gifts to them that ask him? Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.”

Matt. 7:1–12

We are really good at judging, we like to look at others and see what they are doing wrong. Of course as we look at them being so bold, we congratulate ourselves at not being as bad as them.

We don’t have to be Christian to judge others, everyone is capable of judging BUT we are called not to judge. So how do we go about not judging?

The first thing we can do is look in the mirror, we may not be doing exactly the same thing we are been judgeful of but there will be something that we need to be working on. It is easy to judge those different from us. I met a guy on Tuesday that I met last year when I was on placement. He told me that when he first saw me he thought I was a deadbeat poor one, but as he got to know me he no longer could see what he originally saw. We had a great catch up and hugged on departure.

You see if we don’t judge, relationships can be made. BUT Wesley also has lots to say about the pearls and swine. We know from Revelation that there will be a number of people who cannot be convinced of God’s love, whose hearts are so hard that they never under any circumstance turn their face to Christ. So we are not to waste our time and energy trying to convince certain people.

The greatest weapon we have is love, God’s love. so if we sprinkle lavishly our love bullets who knows how, when and where those love bullets will penetrate a hardened heart. So how are we to know when to love and when to walk away?

The key has to be prayer, conversation with the Lord and listening for that still small voice. Some people we cannot be around but we can still pray for them, we can love them from afar.

xx

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