I love the idea of generous forgiveness. To me, it means that love surpasses all. Ultimately we allow everything to fall through the heart of a love bigger and stronger than anything that we know or fathom and “it” wins.
In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads: “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again”. Matthew 7:2
We are called to faithfully follow God’s law and use good judgment. Good judgment is discernment. This is related to wisdom which is an inner knowing sourced in genuine truth, while judgment is sourced in fear.
Judgment, Righteousness, and Motive.
We usually believe that we are right. It is our most notable characteristic through the ages. So when we judge something, we do it whole-heartedly. Have you ever half-heartedly felt that something was true and right? Then we hold onto it. Here a few questions to help to determine the source. You may have better ones:
- What are my motives in holding on to this feeling, this judgment?
- What would change in my life of I let go of it?
- How would I need to adjust my heart in order to let go of it?
- Do I have a history with this person or circumstance that colors this judgment?
- Am I willing to heal this? Why not? What would happen if I did?
- What is the fear that I may not want to feel about this issue?
- How would it feel to be free of this? What might I learn from releasing this?
When we hold onto an accusation in our hearts it binds us to what we are judging. Hearts and minds are not only holding onto thoughts and feelings, but they also become the slaves of what has been judged. We cast a part of ourselves onto it like a hook and there it stays until we remove it.
When we cast is our ego forward as our worth, it becomes the measure used in the future.
It is a false sense of worth and value. Yet it a mortal ‘default”. We assess ourselves against an “other”. (measuring) As long as this lasts we are not free. The hook is in. This is the bait and hook that self-righteousness produces when it comes to accusation and judgment.
We have created the “measure” by which we will be measured. (That same hook will find us again someday)
If the “other” is not reflecting something that makes us feel worthy or valued then one leans towards the need to judge it. Fear rises up with an accusation. By making you wrong, “I” can stay right. “I can keep a fuller measure of good worth for myself”.
Noting the word, “myself” is helpful. The key to understanding how to unlock freedom is learning how not to live for the lesser self (me, myself) but to lift it up. Lifted living being turned towards the Love, Truth, and Spirit of God for identity. Worth and value are poured from that source rather than from worldly sources. The result is that perspective shifts. Heart view alters. The core of self lifts from where it was to a new place (literally). It moves to the Altar of God.
We are called to follow higher law, to live as seekers of wisdom and discernment. We are more than “just myself”. We have the spirit of God in our hearts. Good Judgment is living from His truth and in obedience to God’s law.
When scripture says, “For with what “judgement ye judge, ye shall be judged”, the importance is upon the words for with what. It suggests that there is more than one judge.
Only With God
We are not the arbiters of truth. In the world, we attempt to use laws to arbitrate civilly. In human life, there is no measure. We step in. We often feel helpless. We cannot see into the hearts of one another with clarity and depth though we do try, we do earnestly long to know. We forget that God is there. Scripture tells us that there is only one Judge and that He is God.
“There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?” James 4:12
“My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.” 1 Corinthians 4:4
When we accuse one another and become accusers, we are holding ourselves to be “gods” before Him. We are saying that we know better. We are claiming that moral compasses are working with greater clarity than His. Or, we are saying that God is not there, does not exist, or is powerless to act. We are actually also accusing God as well when we judge others. We are accusing Him of 1. not being able, 2. of not being present and 3. of not being Sovereign. We are taking His place.
“And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear.” – Isaiah 11:13
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7
Measure for Measure, Generous Mercy
I love David Guzik’s explanation in his commentary on this scripture so I will quote it here:
i. According to the teaching of some rabbis in Jesus’ time, God had two measures that He used to judge people. One was a measure of justice and the other was a measure of mercy. Whichever measure you want God to use with you, you should use that same measure with others.
ii. We should only judge another’s behavior when we are mindful of the fact that we ourselves will be judged, and we should consider how we would want to be judged.
“with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again”.
The measure that I would put before my heart first needs to be God law. As a Christian that is my first plea and purpose. It isn’t easy. I fail at it often. Honestly, we all do because we are still on this journey, in this life, not yet perfect but walking with Christ. But the encouragement is that by filling our hearts with His Spirit, there is wisdom, renewal, and the strength to walk with generous Love.
When our hearts are filled with God’s Love we fulfill his laws. The generous and full measure of what has been given to us pours into and through us towards life. A measure of mercy- the measure of mercy which has been so very great towards us, can be directed towards life and others.
When we realize how much we have been given, hearts turn from looking out with ones that have the capacity to judge and accuse to those that are at peace restful gratitude.
“Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.” Romans 14:13
The measure that we are given is the full treasure of Christ, His gift- planted within each of us at birth. As we view His Glory we can only see what is true and be inspired to love as he does. From that, we will all fall lovingly into lives that forgive generously and walk with mercy both toward all that we know and encounter and on the inside, with the transforming nature of our hearts so devoted to Him.
© 2019 Linda Willows