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Mathew 7:1-6

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

“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? 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? 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.

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

A story was told about the friendship of a sheep and another sheep disguised as a lion. These two grew up together in a stable and had been together since childhood. One day, the sheep told the other disguised as a lion, can we go further away from home in search of greener pastures? They both agreed and went away from home. Reaching an unknown land, a shepherd monitored this strange relationship between a sheep and “lion” and immediately shot the lion down. In great pain, the sheep asked “why did you kill my brother?”, the shepherd replied… “I did that to protect you, you shouldn’t be found near a lion”. The young sheep in tears cried out… But he was not a lion, he was a sheep only disguised to protect me.

Moral of the lesson: sometimes the real identity of men is hidden deep in their past experiences or fears about life. Try to understand, do not shoot at them!

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As children of God, we must be careful never to judge people. I have witnessed some sets of believers look down on people they consider sinners. They feel associating with unbelievers would defile them; demons are transferred as you shake hands or hug them. Another set of believers (especially leaders) make conclusive statements about members they feel are not doing things their way; some even go as far as placing a curse on God’s sheep kept under their watch.

Who are you to curse a people God has not cursed?

Hear the voice of God today, before seeking to help or make any conclusion about anyone, take away the plank present in your eyes first. Unfortunately, planks would still be found in your eyes until Jesus returns… so leave judgment to God. If you love a brother or sister and really want the best for them, Romans 14:13 says “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.

I tell you, many of us have placed stumbling blocks on the paths of each other in our words, actions, or body language. Be careful about this because destruction awaits you if you persist in this (If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea. Mark 9:42). As a “grown-up believer” encourage the little children in love, if you need to correct them, take time to listen to them and advise them accordingly. I tell you, we all shall give an account of every word we say therefore be slow to speak evil about someone.

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