Luke 6:37-42 (NIV) 37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” 39 He also told them this parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher. 41 “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? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
On verses 37-42: These verses warn us against being “judgment-happy” people (i.e. people who are quick to judge others without giving it much thought). Notice how Jesus connects being judgment-happy with lacking vision. Judgment-happy people tend not to have a clear or accurate view of others or themselves. Judgment-happy people tend to forget the mercy and grace God has shown them. Judgment-happy people tend to forget that they themselves will be subject to judgment for their words. Judgment-happy people will not help or lead others well (“Can a blind man lead a blind man?”) (v39).
Because Jesus says, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged” (v37), I encourage you not to be too quick to judge others. Before you judge others, take a look at yourself first. Temper your judgment of others with compassion and mercy, knowing that “with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (v38)
Luke 6:43-45 (NIV) 43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
On verses 43-45: When considering whether a person’s advice or teachings are worth following, one of the factors you need to consider is: “What kind of fruit has this person born?” Consider the quality of that person’s life, character and the results of their work before you follow their teachings.
Luke 6:46-49 (NIV) 46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
On verses 46-49: After telling us to consider the fruit of a person’s life before following their teachings, Jesus then tells of the great fruit and the huge, positive impact we experience when we apply his teachings to our lives:
Jesus’ words have this way of touching the deepest parts of our lives. When a person has wrestled with Jesus’ words and allowed Jesus’ words to affect their lives, you can tell that this person is not a superficial person but has “dug down deep” (v48). As a pastor in my life once said, “You need to dig deep if you want to build high.”
Jesus’ words are like a rock, a firm foundation on which we can build strong, solid, blessed lives. Build your life on the rock of God’s Word and you’ll find that, when storms come, you won’t be destroyed but will stay standing (v48). On the other hand, when we hear Jesus’ words but do not obey them, it’s the same as someone whose house has no foundation. It will be easily destroyed when storms come, whether in this life or in eternity (v49).
Father, I pray I would not be so quick to judge others, but that I would take a good look at myself first and temper my judgments with compassion and mercy. Thank You for giving me Your Word on which I can build my life and have a firm and deep foundation that is stronger than any storm. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!