On Sunday I was given the privilege of filling the pulpit while our senior pastor went camping with some of his boys. Each time I get an opportunity to preach at Calvary Bible Church, I take the next passage in the Sermon on the Mount, and this past week had me in Matthew 7:1-6: the “judge not, lest ye be judged” passage.
While this text is often used as a death blow defense against someone’s moral judgment on our lives, it is obvious from the context that Jesus spoke these words as a weapon not to protect our self-righteousness, but rather to attack it.
One point of the sermon was meant to help us determine when we have a self-righteous spirit, so we can take that sin to the cross, remember that it’s forgiven and lean on God for the grace to repent. To help us with this exposure, I listed twelve things that usually accompany a self-righteous spirit. Last week Trevin Wax posted a list of 11 Questions to Discern a Judgmental Heart, so you’ll see a bit of overlap, but there’s enough that’s different to benefit from both.
- Seeking to judge the motives of others.
- Holding others to your own personal convictions in addition to the standard in the Bible.
- Judging people before asking questions and getting the details.
- Judging by appearance alone.
- Looking for evidences of failure in others before looking for evidences of grace.
- A tendency toward being hypercritical and nit-picky.
- Delight at finding fault in others.
- Disappointment when you don’t find fault in others.
- When it comes to others, making mountains out of mole hills (i.e. – exaggerating their issues).
- Sensitivity to the sins of others, but blindness to your own.
- A failure to receive correction with humility.
- A desire to expose the sin, but not to help address it.