Matt 7:1-5

1   Judge not, that you be not judged.

2   For with what judgement you judge, you will be judged; and with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you.

3  And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?

4  Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck out of your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye?

5  Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother's eye.
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Ever since the serpent tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, man has always had the capability to judge.  Our eyes were opened and we were like God, says the serpent.  And our eyes did.  Right after our forefathers disobeyed God that we found that we had the ability to judge good from evil.

Through the ages up till today, we have all been judgemental creatures.  This keen ability that we use everyday displays the very effect of sin that came between us and God right from the beginning.  All around us, people and governments are judging one another and we see the effects of those judgements.

When governments move on a judgement, economies and people get hurt.  This is already happening in Afghanistan, the Middle East, Northern Ireland, the Balkan states, etc.  One party deems the other to be wrong and all hell breaks loose.

When people move on a judgement, people get hurt.  Especially people we love.  During the course of judgement, we forget ourselves.  We only see the "speck" in the eyes of others, as Jesus so rightly put.  We forget the "plank" in our own eyes.  Why does this happen?

If we look at ourselves carefully, when we complain, when we get angry at something or someone, when we get frustrated at people, we have inadvertently became judgemental.  Call it criticize or a simple complaint or even a directed anger, whatever it may be, it is being judgemental and we condemn others along the way, in many cases, unknowingly.

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