Do not judge…

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In the classic movie The Princess Bride, the incompetent villain Vizzini keeps uttering the word “INCONCEIVABLE!” whenever his nemesis, Wesley, passes test after test.

Vizzini’s sidekick, Inigo Montoya, after noticing the pattern of “inconceivable” occurences, tells Vizzini,

“You keep saying that word.  I don’t think it means what you think it means.” 

Many people are quick to quote Jesus’ words in Matthew 7 with the exclamation, “Don’t judge me!” But Jesus; words here are also a command to look at our own lives and see how we measure up to God’s standard.  We tend to nit-pick other people’s behavior, and then ignore the large flaws in our own actions.  As author Leo Tolstoy wrote, “Everyone thinks about changing humanity.  No one thinks about changing himself.”

Jesus urges us to take the log out of our own eye, before we attempt to remove a speck from someone else’s eye.  He also urges us to be wise in how we distribute God’s truth and message.  When we share with humility, we lower people’s defenses and exhibit the qualities Christ calls us to display.