Matthew 7:1, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”
It is wrong to judge a person without knowing a person and spreading the same with others. It is a trend that we see that people often pass judgments about others without thinking twice how it would affect the person. Some people derive evil pleasure from this. Proverbs 4:24, 24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Yet if someone shows these people the mirror to themselves they find it difficult to accept and often blow apart. There is only person on earth who was born perfect, and that is the son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ. Proverbs 21:2, 2 A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart.
John 8, we read about a woman being caught in adultery and brought before Jesus to be judged. The teachers of the law say that the law of Moses says to stone such a woman, what is His decision in this. Jesus replies,7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” No one was without sin and hence they all stepped back and dropped the stones they had picked up. When they came face-to-face with their own mirror self they felt the prick of conscience and left. Don’t most of us have the traits of those teachers of law and the Pharisees??? She was not alone in adultery but we do not find any information about the man, the adulterer. They were scared in the presence of the Saviour, lest He may disclose their hidden sins and make them public for all to know. They left the place out of fear of having their transgressions made public. It is better to introspect now. Our condition is like an open book before the Lord.
We can see many believers criticizing and mocking our many priests, bishops and nuns. Many rumors have no foundation and are baseless. Proverbs 1:22, 22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Only those have received and accepted the call of God can adorn those holy clothes and assemble before the Lord. These revered positions are not attained by strong desire/passion or hard work. Unless the Lord calls you, you cannot reach there. James 3:5, 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.
James 3:2, 2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
Let me share a story.
There was once a man who would always travel with two bundles on his shoulder. One in front and one at the back. In the bundle kept front he would carry the mistakes, shortcomings and weaknesses of others. He would keep peeping a look into it. In the bundle kept at the back he had put the good deeds, strengths and powers of others. He would often forget about it.
One day he met a man carrying two bundles like him. He said to the man,” I carry my strengths and good deeds in the bundle in front which I can see often. And I carry my mistakes and shortcomings in the bundle behind me, which I cannot see.” Both of them then walked forward together for some miles. A little while later they met another man who carried two bundles like both of them. He said to the other two, ” I carry the good deeds and strengths of others in the bundle in the front, which is very heavy to carry. Yet when I look at them when I travel it gives me hope and vigor to continue. In the bundle I carry at the back I have put the mistakes and shortcomings of others. There is a hole in the bundle through which they keep falling out. This way it lightens my weight.”
Now think dear children of God. Who out of the three do you resemble???
Matthew 7:3, 3 “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?
James 3:8, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
Psalms 141:3, 3 Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.
Psalms 39:1,1 I said, “I will watch my ways
and keep my tongue from sin;
I will put a muzzle on my mouth
while in the presence of the wicked.”
May we too pray to our Lord, like David to guard our tongues.