Biblical Reflections: Luke 6:37-38

Luke 6:37-38 – Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:  Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Judgment. It’s not a word we want to hear pertaining to us. However, we seem eager to apply it to others. Maybe we instinctively realize that we really deserve to be judged for our sins and that realization projects on to those around us. In any case, people love to criticize and condemn others without addressing themselves.

The Apostle Peter clearly declared Jesus Christ to be the ordained Judge of the quick and the dead (Acts 10:42). Appointed by God the Father, Jesus is the absolute judge of all actions. To be clear, Christ did not abolish earth houses of justice. On the contrary, Peter later wrote, “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.” (1 Peter 2:13-14)

As individuals, our responsibility is to edify and encourage, to love the brotherhood, and honor those who lead us. Sometimes this means we disagree. Sometimes this means we vote them out of office. Always this means we obey God rather than men when we must. Extending the grace of God to your neighbors, remember that you have been forgiven.

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