Extended reading: none – if you have been reading each day, you’re up to date!
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
I find that looking at different translations really can give a fully meaning to the passages we have before us.
Matthew 7:1-5 The Message
1-5 “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.
Matthew 7:1-5 The Passion Translation (TPT)
“Refuse to be a critic full of bias toward others, and judgment will not be passed on you. 2 For you’ll be judged by the same standard that you’ve used to judge others. The measurement you use on them will be used on you.3 Why would you focus on the flaw in someone else’s life and yet fail to notice the glaring flaws of your own?4 How could you say to your friend, ‘Let me show you where you’re wrong,’ when you’re guilty of even more? 5 You’re being hypercritical and a hypocrite! First acknowledge your own ‘blind spots’ and deal with them, and then you’ll be capable of dealing with the ‘blind spot’ of your friend.
Matthew 7:1-5 New Life Version (NLV)
“Do not say what is wrong in other people’s lives. Then other people will not say what is wrong in your life. 2 You will be guilty of the same things you find in others. When you say what is wrong in others, your words will be used to say what is wrong in you. 3 Why do you look at the small piece of wood in your brother’s eye, and do not see the big piece of wood in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take that small piece of wood out of your eye,’ when there is a big piece of wood in your own eye? 5 You who pretend to be someone you are not, first take the big piece of wood out of your own eye. Then you can see better to take the small piece of wood out of your brother’s eye.
So, we should not condemn, criticize, tell people what is wrong with their lives. Then others will not judge us. What does that really mean? Don’t gossip about one another or you will be gossiped about. Don’t act with revenge or someone will take revenge on you. Don’t act in a superior manner or the same behavior will be done against you. Don’t pretend to be something that you are not in a way that is hurtful, as that behavior will be re-visited on you. Instead, be genuine and caring. Don’t pretend or be nasty to one another. Look at your own life and deal with your own issues so that you may be strengthened through Jesus Christ to help your neighbor with his or her issues in love and not in criticism.
Dear God, help us in love to love one another, sincerely and without judgment. Amen.