The most powerful thing for the follower of Jesus is simply Jesus. Him in our lives changes how we thing about ourselves and how we deal with others. Turn that around and understand why we often treat others so poorly. If we don’t believe and apply what God says about us, we will believe wrong things about the people we are around.
Below is a passage of Scripture that speaks directly to how we judge or how we accept others. Read slowly through these verses and note the ways we are to treat the people we come in contact with.
Matthew 7:1-12 NLT
Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. 3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘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. 6 “Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you. 7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. 12 “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.
Don’t judge people. The verses said that we will be judged in the same way we measure others.
We must first deal with our issues before we can help other people deal with their issues. The log in our eye and the dust in someone else’s life is more of a reality than we might think. It is seen most in our thoughts of others and then in the way we interact with them.
God wants to bless us. Therefore we must keep on praying and seeking God and seeing how good God is to us. By learning how God treats us we learn how to treat others.
Literally the way we treat others speaks volumes about the way we believe God treats us. May our lives lead us to know that God loves and accepts them. May we understand that God loves us an accepts us in the same way.