How deep is God’s love running inside of me?
We may not like the idea of judgment, but Jesus talks a lot about it. He teaches us not to judge others. This does not mean we are not supposed to use judgement, or have wisdom, or discernment. This kind of “judgment” is good, and God wants us to have it. Jesus taught His disciples to beware of certain people (Matt 23), and even tells them in these verses not to throw their pearls before pigs (you have to judge if someone is not ready to listen).
Jesus means that we have a lot of work to do. My comparison is not other people, but Jesus – how I am growing to become more like Him?
Jesus means that the way we judge others is the way God will judge us. At first this seems so contrary to the Gospel – if I am mean to others, does that mean I am condemned? What about God’s grace? Does that mean I can just judge no one, never calling sin “sin”, and then God gives me a pass for everything? Neither one of these options are right.
Take the whole life and teaching together, and basically this saying means “judge others the way God has judged you”. If you don’t understand God’s judgment and grace in your life – calling sin “sin”, growing you, caring for and calling to you, dying for you – then there is a chance your soul is in danger, no matter how often you attend church. Jesus wants me to see people the way He sees them – calling them to God and His truth, changing to become more like Him, and loving people no matter what.