Matthew Chapter 7
is full of Christian doctrine,
and it’s all built upon
the rock of our salvation.
In this section,
Jesus gives specific instructions
on how to govern our thoughts
and our actions
according to a Kingdom position.
“Anyone who listens
to My instruction gains wisdom.
He is like a person who builds a house
on solid rock instead of sand."
In this poem,
I will focus in on what Jesus says
about passing judgment on one another.
“Do not judge others,
and you will not be judged.
For you will be treated
as you treat others.
The standard you use
in judging others
is the standard by which
you will be judged.”
Paul spoke about this same concept
in his letter to the Romans.
In Romans Chapter 2,
“You may think you can condemn
(the people described in Romans Chapter 1
as being wicked and evil in the eyes of the Lord),
but you are just as bad!”
“Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant
and patient God is with you?
Can’t you see that His kindness
is intended to turn you from your sin?”
The Lord says,
“Why worry about a speck
in your brothers eye
when you have a log
in your own eye?
How can you think
of saying to your brother
‘let me help you get rid
of that speck in your eye’
when you can’t see past
the log in your own eye?
Let me ask...
Do you remember the story
of the woman in the Book of John,
who was caught in an adulterous act?
The religious leaders
brought the woman to Jesus,
and made her stand in front of everyone -
accusing her of what she had done wrong.
They literally put her on display
for all to condemn, and all to stone -
but in the end, the Word of God
was a giant mirror for each of them.
“Teacher, we caught this woman
in an an adulterous act.
In his teachings, Moses ordered us
to stone women like this to death.
What do you say?”
John 8:6 says,
“They asked this to test him.
They wanted to find a reason
to bring charges against him.”
So here we see controlling men
who were accusing a woman for her sin,
who were actually trying to condemn
the Son of God.
Let us see -
how did Jesus respond?
“Jesus bent down and used his finger
to write on the ground.”
“When they persisted in asking him questions,
he straightened up and said,
‘The person without sin
should throw the first stone.”
"Then he bent down again
and continued writing on the ground."
“One by one,
beginning with the older men,
the experts of the Law left,
and Jesus was left alone
with the woman.”
“Then Jesus straightened up and asked,
Where did they go?
Has anyone condemned you?”
“The woman answered, “No one, sir.”
Then Jesus said, “Neither do I you.
Now go and sin no more."
This has to be my favorite Bible story,
because it speaks to the heart
of everyone who was lost but found.
Isn’t it amazing how the Lord chases after us?
What man intends for bad,
the Lord turns into good!
In Matthew 7
the Lord teaches another doctrine,
“Do not waste what is holy
on people who are unholy.
Do not throw your pearls to swine;
If you engage,
they will trample your pearls,
then they will turn and attack you.”
The religious men that held to the Law
had no idea that they were perfectly imperfect.
They didn’t understand that the Law,
given by God, to His servant Moses
was actually meant to be a mirror for them -
to be a true reflection of their imperfections,
and their need for God.
In Matthew 5, Jesus said,
“Do not think that I have come
to abolish the Law or the Prophets;
I have not come to abolish them
but to fulfill them.
For truly I tell you,
until heaven and earth disappear,
not the smallest letter,
not the least stroke of a pen,
will by any means disappear
from the Law
until everything is accomplished.”
By grace through faith,
we are made right with God.
Jesus came to forgive all the sin
that separates us
from an eternal life with God.
none of us are good or holy
on our own,
for we all fall short of the glory of God.
The first doctrine of being a Christian,
after accepting Christ as your Savior,
and being baptized by the Holy Spirit,
is to love the Lord your God
with all your heart and mind,
and to love others as you love yourself.