Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
"Stop judging that you may not be judged." (Matthew 7:1)
According to Luke, Jesus said: "Stop judging, and you will by no means be judged; and stop condemning, and you will by no means be condemned. Keep on releasing, and you will be released." (Luke 6:37) The first century Pharisees judged others harshly, in keeping with unscriptural traditions. Any of Jesus' listeners who did that were to "stop judging." Instead, they were to "keep on releasing," that is, forgiving the shortcomings of others. The apostle Paul gave similar counsel regarding forgiveness. (Ephesians 4:32) By extending forgiveness, Jesus' disciples would move people to respond with a forgiving spirit. "With what judgement you are judging, you will be judged," said Jesus, "and with the measure that you are measuring out, they will measure out to you." (Matthew 7:2) With respect to our treatment of others, we reap what we sow.—Galatians 6:7.
(Watchtower issue: 5/15/08, 2:13, 14)