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|LOVE, NOT JUDGE|
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.
34 A new commandment I give to you that you love one another as I have loved you that you also love one another.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
|The first passage is within what we commonly call the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus was preaching to the multitude on the mountain and taught them truth and lessons on how to live before God and live with man.
As the creator of mankind, of you and I, Jesus knew how man ought to live and how man is living now. Ever since the fall of man until today, we are all quite the same. Regardless of culture, advancement of technology or science, right through the ages, man remains principally the same – we have the sinful nature. This sinful nature transcends all our background and education. It is the very essence of man. Sin makes us SELFISH. We only think most for ourselves and very little for others. Our children grows up being selfish not because we taught them but it is the very nature of mankind. We have to teach them to do good instead, to be nice to others.
It is this selfishness that Jesus was addressing in this passage. The very fact that He knows that we cannot live in peace is because we are very judgmental, we are very critical of people, we level our own expectations on others, we only look at the faults and flaws of others, and in so doing, we forget to weigh against ourselves. We miss the beam in our eyes but we always can see the speck in others.
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