Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
There are two types of judgment: 1—Condemnation judgment—a pronouncement of condemnation, reserved for God only. 2—Conclusion judgment—making a judgment call after examining the evidence, a personal responsibility for us.
This passage isn’t saying not to judge, but when you judge (make conclusions about things and people), conduct your judgment in the proper way. Yesterday we covered the first two: #1—Judging with the proper spirit and #2—Judging with the proper starting point. Now, today, we add two more guidelines for judging—making conclusion-kind of judgments.
#3—JUDGE WITH PROPER SCREENING “Do not give what is holy to dogs and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” (Matthew 7:6)
When you judge (conclusion judgment), don’t just randomly make your judgment calls wherever you might be. For instance, don’t walk into a bar and start making pronouncements against drunkenness and alcoholism. This will be throwing your pearls before swine. They not only will not appreciate your words, but they will not be able to hear them at all. In turn, having grounds to criticize you.
#4—JUDGE WITH THE PROPER PERSPECTIVE “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:7-11)
When you judge (conclusion judgment), don’t rely only on your insights and wisdom. Be sure to seek God’s perspective on the matter. Ask for wisdom on the matter! Ask and keep on asking. Seek and keep on seeking. Knock and keep on knocking. and your heavenly Father will give you what you need!
“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12) Jesus ends this teaching segment with what we know as the “golden rule.”
I call this teaching of Jesus THE PERSPECTIVE PRINCIPLE. This principle requires that you be a judge—bringing discernment into our world!