TEXT: Matthew 7:3-5
3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eyec when you have a log in your own?
4 How can you think of saying to your friend,d ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?
5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. - NLT
The Christian walk is a walk of faith, that is why the Bible says …the just shall live by his faith. God therefore deals with each man according to his measure of faith. In this dispensation, we are not ruled by rules or laws, but by faith, and by this, we know that anything done without faith is sin.
Man is quick to judge other people when those people go through challenges that seem abnormal, and sadly, some believers fall victim of this act. Many are quick to associate someone’s challenges to a sin he has probably committed, or that his generation has committed. This is part of the issues our Lord Jesus teaches us not to judge. Some also judge people’s salvation by the actions of such people, even when in fact, they are going through tests and trials of faith.
Two rampant examples of this is the judgment that a calamity that befalls someone is because he / she is not paying tithe. Another is that someone is sick because he has sinned. Some people even condemn themselves by saying God punished them or humbled them with sickness, but this is not scriptural. God does not tempt any man with evil.
Two Cases in The Bible
John 9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
In this scripture, Jesus’ disciples were quick to associate the blind man’s situation to his sin or that of his parents. Could a foetus have sinned while developing in the womb? Funny, you might say. Thank God for the answer of Jesus – it is for the glory of God.
Likewise, in Job 8:4, Bildad, Job’s friend attributed the death of Job’s children to their sins, thereby adding to the injury and sorrow of the man that was still mourning for his massive loss.
Job 8:4 If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression;
In our contemporary world today, people are quick to attribute a case of robbery or theft against a believer to his lack of faith or his disobedience to paying of tithe. What some of these people however fail to recognize is that the same can happen to anyone.
From this moment onwards, refrain from passing concluding or judgemental comments about other people, especially when it pertains to the issue of faith. God is the judge, and only Him knows all things and the reason for all things.