Soft Serve October 30, 2012 – Posted in: Serving

It’s pretty important to Christ that we do not:

  • judge others
  • condemn others
  • harbor unforgiveness towards others.

This also includes God, that we don’t see Him with a cynical, suspecting eye.

Jewish idiom (or slang) of the day attributed this “harsh attitude” especially with an emphasis on money.

There were sayings within the culture about having a “single or good eye” contrasting with those with an “evil eye.”

These sayings would call to question, how are you viewing the other?

Clear? Open? Kindly?

Resulting in being generous?

As opposed to looking upon certain people negatively, with stinginess?

Asides from the Jewish-slang emphasis here, Christ seems to double down with His own emphasis through repetition.

In the sermon on the mount, He states “judge not less you be judged” and “in the same way you judge, you’ll be judged.” Furthermore, Jesus’ only commentary after giving Lord’s Prayer is on the part about being “forgiven in the same capacity that we forgive others.”

The lesser known “sermon on the plain” is most likely Jesus re-iterating the sermon on the mount somewhere else, in more simplified terms. When we summarize, we tend to emphasize even more, for the sake of clarity…so what do we find in Jesus’s summation?

“Don’t judge and you won’t be judged, don’t condemn and you won’t be condemned, forgive and you will be forgiven, give and you will receive.” (Luke 6:37-38)

So we’ve come full circle, in terms of where this post started…here’s a few parting thoughts :

(Maybe something to take the edge off of those who are hyper-convicted.)

These commands are now promised to be fulfilled as our intention meets opportunity – spontaneously by the Spirit. Christ who lived this out, now lives it out through us. We carry the intention, and His life moves through us. Secondly, “us” really means us, as in these ideals were never given for you alone to achieve – it was written for you and all of your Christian friends to achieve together as a group (so attempt to hear it that way.) Lastly, these standards have to deal with grace-relationship, not works-salvation-judgment. You simply put significant psychological strain on your relationship with both God and humans when you nurture bitterness. The Lord loves those whom He disciplines. But it doesn’t have to be that way, take a little time daily to-let-it-all-go, in your times of prayer, forgiving everyone as you realize the acceptance you have in Christ.

Many people quietly and privately taste bitterness, all throughout the day.

The alternative looks like a day of constantly forgiving and remaining non-condemning, as those “annoying people” come to heart and mind – the same Love that’s blessed you is to bless them.

It’s time to soften your gaze, as you serve.

Clear, open, generous-eyed…this is the Kingdom, this is who we are.

Russ K.