7 Things I Wish Jesus Never Said
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged.” vs. 37
The Gentlemen Bandit
1979 New Jersey – It happened just a few years ago. The banks in New Jersey had been robbed systematically, one after the other. What made the robber stand out was his politeness. He just gave the tellers a note which said, “Please place your money in this bag. Thank you.” The newspapers called him the GENTLEMAN BANDIT.
The widespread publicity led to a very unlikely arrest – the suspect was a Catholic priestnamed Rabobert Pagnano. His church was appalled but stood beside him, saying they knew he could not be the bandit. They signed petitions, held protest marches and came up with his bail. But the police were certain they had their man. All of the eyewitnesses positively identified him. And the news media dug into his past, to find that in a previous church he had left under a cloud because of financial irregularities in the parish. For a priest he had a pretty expensive lifestyle – his own apartment and a fast car. His church was probably standing up for him because otherwise they looked like dupes.
As people across the country watched the story unfold on the news, they were positive this priest had pulled a fast one. He probably had a sociopath personality so he could rob banks and preach the next Sunday without feeling any guilt. No one outside his congregation was standing up for this guy. But then a funny thing happened. The REAL Gentleman Bandit was caught red-handed. As it turned out, he was the spitting image of the priest. It’s just that he WASN’T the priest. The priest was released, his church threw him a big party, and the news media and those who had prematurely judged him felt a little sheepish.
Source: Rev. David Holwick First Baptist Church Ledgewood, New Jersey
Read Passage – Luke 6:37-42
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 the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their 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.
The Measure You Use
We all can probably identify in some way with the knowledge that sometimes innocent people are wrongly accused and even sometimes convicted of a crime. This case is really an unusual one because it involved a “man of the cloth.” You know it’s thought at we all have a twin, somewhere in the world.
Now as appalled by that as we can be, we all make similar mistakes. Ever mistaken.ly accuse someone of something only to find out it wasn’t them?
Ill. Time when I misjudged someone.
Jesus touches on something in this passage in verse 38:
“For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” vs. 38
He says with the measure we use, that same measure will be used on us.
We have been looking at Things I Wish Jesus Never Said. I wish he never said “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Why? Because unfortunately, most of us inherently judge others. We make first impressions, we look at the outside and based on what we see we judge.
But there is good news. Jesus teaches us there are two ways to look at people and how we choose to do that, reflects our Living With the Heart of Jesus.
The Critical Spirit
The first, and maybe the most natural for many of us, is the Critical Spirited person. A “critical spirit,” is an obsessive attitude of criticism and fault-finding, which seeks to tear others down — sometimes we call this “constructive criticism.” The only criticism that is ever constructive is that which is expressed in love to “build up,” not to tear down — it is always expressed face-to-face, never behind their back. The person with a critical spirit usually dwells on the negative, seeks for flaws rather than good. We usually use the term “constructive criticism” to ease the blow of what we are going to say. The Critical spirited person has two distinguishing character traits.
First, they are very judging. Jesus says in verse 37:
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged.” vs. 37
What is judging really? It’s to form an opinion about or to form an estimate or evaluation of; especially to form a negative opinion about. It’s negatively looking down on others. Remember the words of Paul in Romans 14:10:
“You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother?” Romans 14:10
It is so easy to judge someone else. But the kicker is that we all do things wrong, we all have flaws, we all have things in our life that we are not proud of and instead of being critical of others, Paul tells us to take a good look at ourselves first. We usually only put others down to build ourselves up. Think about that, we become judgers to make ourselves feel better.
Ex. Being judged for my socks and short pants which are not in style anymore
The second character trait of the Critical Spirited person is that they are condemning. Back to verse 37:
“Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.” vs. 37
Condemning is to declare to be reprehensible, wrong, or evil usually after weighing evidence and without reservation or to pronounce guilty. It is much str5onger than judging and being condemning destroys people and relationships and separates people instead of bringing them together.
There is a story in John 8 where some people bring a woman caught in adultery to Jesus and ask him what they should do with her. They want her condemned. In verse 8 he replies:
“If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone (at her)…” John 8:7
Is her prostitution wrong? Of course! But Jesus hasn’t given up on her. In the same way, he hasn’t given up on you or me or anyone for that matter. If we condemn we are trying to decide someone’s eternal destiny. Guess what? God isn’t done with you and he isn’t done with other people either so we shouldn’t give up on them.
Ex. Man who pulled up next to me and told me to go to hell because I was driving too slow
Jesus tells the people something really important about the way they live their life; that who they model themselves after is who they will look like so they need to choose their model carefully. Verse 40:
“The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.” vs.40
Who are you modeling your life after? Even Jesus had a model. Yes he did. He model his life after his Father’s. everything he did was a reflection of his Father. Jesus even says “follow me.” He is our model; he lived it, modeled it, and even died to show us the right model
The Christ-like Spirit
So I am choosing to let Christ be my model and that is why the second model is the Christ-like Spirited model. It als has two character traits.
The first is to be forgiving. He said in verse 37:
“Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” vs. 37
Forgiving is to give up resentment of or claim to requital for: to grant relief from payment of: to cease to feel resentment against (an offender): pardon. This is tough though. Forgiving is many times being the bigger person, the adult, the more mature.
A huge reason we don’t forgive is that it works for us. We love to play the victim, to be the offended, to feel wronged so that others will empathize with us and say things to make us feel worth and comfort. But Jesus said to forgive. He also said:
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times” Matthew 18:21
Do you remember the answer? Sure. Some read it seventy seven times and others read it seventy times seven. Either way, it’s an answer that is meant to make us think that we can never forgive someone enough times.
Ex. My issue with the vacation schedule two years ago
The second character trait of the Christ-like Spirited person is giving. Verse 38:
“Give, and it will be given to you.” vs. 38
Forgiveness is the start and that naturally leads to giving. In other words, pouring back into your relationships. It’s blessing others, unconditionally pouring back into their lives and the openness of restoring and mending. Paul quotes words of Jesus that we don’t have recorded anywhere else in the Bible in Acts 20:35:
“Remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
It’s actually a pretty natural action and reaction. Ever hurt someone. You go and apologize and usually what? You bring them something. A peace offering. Gesture that says “I care about you,” and not just in words but in deeds too. When you change, when you give and pour back noto others, it changes them and they soften and pour back into you and to others in their life too.
Living the Christ like life takes reframing. Changing your thoughts from the critical thinking that you think of others to a Christ like attitude. When you do, listen to the benefit to your life from verse 38:
“A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.” vs. 38