Matthew 7:1-2 – Do not judge, so that you will not be judged. For in the same way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure it will be measured to you.

This is a powerful statement the Lord Jesus Christ made. He can make such a statement and set such a rule because He is the Lord! He was anointed by His heavenly Father to declare the will of Heaven on Earth. He prepared the way for the Holy Spirit to be poured out by removing our sins through the work of the cross and making it possible for Heaven’s obedience to be established on earth. For our sakes, Jesus took the judgment of God upon Himself. He alone has been given the right to judge. As I look upon another, I must understand Christ has carried their sins. Unless an individual has been born again, through the work of the Holy Spirit, they are left to their human nature to try and improve. Their only hope is through His cleansing blood. If the offending person is a Christian, then we should share with them the offence toward us and give them an opportunity to repent and ask forgiveness (Matthew 18:15).

It is through a standard of measurement we judge the value of a particular item. For example, 1 oz. of gold is worth a certain amount of money. At one time, we used the gold standard to determine the value of paper money. We all have standards which we use for measuring other people’s views and conduct. Jesus is saying that whatever you use to measure another’s conduct or actions will be used to measure your conduct or actions. The believer has Jesus as the standard. Consider what the apostle John tells us, “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him” (John 3:17). He is my standard for judgment. Ultimately, the world will be judged, but the cross came first. Today, my life is lived in the light of the cross of Christ. I will not judge, but I must pray for the offender’s salvation.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to always make Jesus the standard. Surrender your judgments to God and ask Him to help you share His love through the power of His love. This is made possible by His forgiveness and the gift of His indwelling Spirit.