31 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’
In this scripture Jesus describes how we will be separated on judgement day. Judgement day has not come yet, but we have taken it upon ourselves to judge each other and look down on each other for one reason or another.
Do not judge and criticize and condemn [others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous superiority as though assuming the office of a judge], so that you will not be judged [unfairly]. 2 For just as you [hypocritically] judge others [when you are sinful and unrepentant], so will you be judged; and in accordance with your standard of measure [used to pass out judgment], judgment will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the [insignificant] speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice and acknowledge the [egregious] log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me get the speck out of your eye,’ when there is a log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite (play-actor, pretender), first get the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
Sadly, some Christians can be extremely judgemental. Certain individuals look down on others for many different reasons. This can lead to people feeling isolated and in extreme cases can lead to individuals leaving Church.
Yes, it is important to counsel each other. However, it’s not up to you to condemn them or treat them differently because they choose to go against your advice. People often like to compare themselves to others and put themselves above them because they are not doing x, y, z but other people are.
I love how Matthew 7:4 puts it:
4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me get the speck out of your eye,’ when there is a log in your own eye?
How can we judge each other when we are all in the same boat? We all need to remember the fact that we all fall short of the glory of God.
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
We all fall short of the glory of God and we are accepted into his kingdom through Jesus Christ. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice, he took on all our sins and made us right with the Lord. Sinning is in our nature, so we must continually surrender our hearts to God and ask him to cleanse and purify us through the blood of Jesus. It is so easy to think ‘I’m calm….I’m a good person….I don’t do …. I don’t go….. but don’t fall into that way of thinking.
We have all been born into a world full of sin, sin surrounds us and is constantly trying to hold us hostage, in the words of Paul:
I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong (Romans 7:21).
So rather than putting each other down for our shortcomings we need to encourage each other and support each other through this universal battle with sin. We are all imperfect humans being perfected by the grace of God. You may not be struggling with what person A or person B is struggling with but you are struggling with something else. The same way in which person A or B have no right to judge you with your struggles, you have no right to judge them.
This battle is not easy but we have to persevere, though we may fall we have to get back up and keep on pushing for we are no longer slaves to sin, we have been set free!
12 Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own.