“If you want to avoid judgment…” –Matthew 7:1

“If you want to avoid judgment, stop passing judgment” on others’ character and motives (Mt 7:1). If we judge others’ character and motives, we will have the same verdict passed on us (Mt 7:2). “If you want to avoid judgment,” repent of your own sins, and then help others repent (Mt 7:5).

If we want to avoid judgment, we must forgive those who have sinned against us. Otherwise, we will not be forgiven (Mt 6:15), and we will be in no position to help others reconcile to the Lord.

In summary, to avoid coming under judgment, we must:

  • not judge others’ character or motives,
  • repent of our sins,
  • help others to reconcile with God, and
  • forgive others.

By God’s grace, we must do all of these things, or we risk being judged. “Avoid judgment” (Mt 7:1).

PRAYER: Father, may loving and faithful obedience to You be my joy and delight.
PROMISE: “Then you will see clearly to take the speck from your brother’s eye.” —Mt 7:5
PRAISE: Don and Jean were so hospitable to their teenage children’s friends that even now, decades later, many of those “kids” take time to visit them on holidays and special occasions.

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