Matthew 7:4 NKJV - "Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye?"
Jesus did not strictly forbid any kind of judgment. Certainly every husband and wife passed some kind of "judgment" when they considered their potential mate as someone they would live with for the rest of their lives. They had to determine if the other person was truly born again. We're they a godly, growing Christian? Did they have good habits or was there a potential "problem area" in their lifestyle. Jesus knew we would use discernment (another form of judging) whenever we had to make a decision about another Christian. Churches go through this when they seek to call a new pastor and or they interview candidates for baptism, serving as a board member, or teaching a Sunday School class.
But our Daily Verse today emphasizes a particular factor in passing judgment on someone else. Are we willing to examine our own lives first? The attitude of every Christian should be to be concerned not to have a "judgmental attitude" towards anyone. The believer should be far more concerned about their own conduct than they are with anyone else's.
Getting the "plank" out of our own eye makes it so much easier to see the "speck" in our brother's eye. Remember what Paul said in Galatians 6:1 where he speaks about a "brother overtaken in a fault." He said that if a believer is going to "restore such a person" they should do so in the spirit of meekness considering how vulnerable they are to fall into the same sin.
Tomorrow's Daily Verse speaks of something believers can do for one another without passing judgment.
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