Jesus expressed to people the love of God. We can follow Jesus’ example by doing things for those in need. Many Americans have made tremendous sacrifices to bring justice and rights to all people. As Christians, in order to continue this work in our society, we must weed out any thoughts and attitudes that discourage others.
Jesus says do not judge others. What is Jesus really referring to?
Do not judge
- Do not: Jump to conclusions
1Sam. 1:9-18 – The high priest thought Hannah was drunk, but later changed his mind
Acts 21:37-39 – The commander thought Paul was a rebel leader
Get All the Facts before you judge
- Do not: Making Sweeping Generalizations
Don’t lump people into groups and judge them all the same
Luke 7:2-5- This soldier was an exception
Luke 10:33-34 – The Good Samaritan
See people as they are
- Do not: Be Mind Readers
This is disrespectful
Matt. 26:59-63a – Jesus kept silence (John 2:19-21) They wanted to tell Jesus what he meant by what he said.
- Do not: Live in the Past
Acts 9:26-28- Paul was previously a religious terrorist to the Christians.
Luke 17:3 Forgive and give people a chance to change
- Do not: Make Others Stumble
Romans 14:10-13 – If our speech is causing others to be discouraged we need to be careful.
- Do not: Decide Others’ Ultimate Destiny
1 Cor. 4:3-5 God is the judge of all. We don’t know everything that goes on in everyone’s heart. Romans 2:16
- Do not: Put Yourself Above Others
James 2:1-4-Don’t pay attention to people because of how they look on the outside
- Do not: Be a Critic
James 4:11-12 – Don’t speak against each other.
James 5:9- God is the judge so we need to treat each other the way we want to be judged by God. God is the God of mercy.
—Robert Lee, 2-5-06, a.m.