Luke

Luke 6:37-42 True Judgment.

Jesus was not saying we are to have no discretion or ethics and morals. Every society or community must make judgments on individual and corporate behavior. In fact, in this very passage Jesus commends making judgments, but only if we first judge ourselves (v. 37). As Matthew made clear, forgiveness is a holy exercise (Mt. 7:1-5). Those who refuse to forgive others cannot be said to be forgiven. It is a serious sin to count the sins of a brother or sister when they seek your forgiveness (Cf. Mt. 18:18:21-35). To continue to preach the gospel of the kingdom to such as these is like giving what is holy to dogs, or casting one’s pearls before swine, which is a judgment we must also make (Cf. Mt. 7:6). As Paul would also make clear, it is before the Lord that we all live and shall ultimately stand on the judgment day (Cf. Ps. 79:12; Is. 65:6-7; Jer. 32:18; Rom. 14:4; I Cor. 4:5).

This passage really expands on the so-called golden rule-do unto others as you would have them do unto you (v. 38 Cf. v. 31; Pr. 19:17; 28:27; Mk. 4:24). “For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” (Js. 2:13) How much better to make these judgments on ourselves for ourselves, with the same dose of mercy. It is a consequence of the fall that we are quick to judge another while we ignore our own faults. Adam blamed Eve, and Eve the devil. It is also a consequence of the fall, and of the nature of sin, that we often exaggerate the sins of others while we belittle our own. Those who are blind to their own sin cannot help those who are also bound (v. 39 Cf. Mt. 15:14; 23:16; Rom. 2:19). It is also true that we will never be above the Lord in our judgments. His word is our touchstone (v. 40 Cf. Mt. 10:24; Jn. 13:16; 15:20).

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