We all know this verse: “Do not judge, lest you be judged. For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged. And with the same measure you use, it shall be measured to you.” (Matt. 7:1-2) But we all know it’s easier said than done. In any case, Yahushua left us significant words to live by, and we should take into consideration His advice in situations we happen to be in.
From the beginning, you can read about different people dealing with situations and the result of their actions. And Yahweh has given us instructions in His words on how to respond to those who sin against or around us. For example, in Galatians 6:4 it says, “But let each one examine his own work, and then he shall have boasting in himself alone, and not in another.” I believe this verse means that we shouldn’t look upon another person’s sin and think more highly of ourselves because we aren’t the ones doing it. We are to treat other in love, the way Yahushua would.
Back to Matthew 7, in verses 3 and 4, Yahushua states: “And why do you look at the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the plank in your own eye? Or how is it that you say to your brother, ‘and see, a plank is in your own eye?’” He instructs us to first remove the sin from our own life before pointing out the same sin in the life of someone else, otherwise, you would be a hypocrite. Paul says the same thing as read in Galatians 6:4 in the paragraph above.
For us, as a warning, Paul writes that ‘whatever a man sows, that he shall also reap.’ (Galatians 6:7) This goes for our own actions and the actions of others. If this is the case, then why should be even bother to judge those next to us? We all will pay for what we think, say, and do. Our responsibility is to ourselves, setting an example to those in the world.
All these verses have much of the same message—love above all other things, and watch over your own heart and actions before judging the person next to you. If we are to walk as Yahushua walked, this is a huge part of it. For one, we’re all sinners, and not one of us would escape death if not for Messiah dying in our place. We are to look out for our brothers; we’re to lift each other up and encourage one another to do our best in this life. And even if those around us are worse off than we are, we still have to keep an open heart towards everyone, showing love to those who sorely need it.