“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”(Luke 6:37-38 ESV)
The Greek for the word Judge
Properly to distinguish, that is, decide (mentally or judicially); by implication to try, condemn, punish: – avenge, conclude, condemn, damn, decree, determine, esteem, judge, go to (sue at the) law, ordain, call in question, sentence to, think.
Total Occurances, 114
The Greek word for Condemn
From G2596 and a derivative of G1349; to adjudge against, that is, pronounce guilty: – condemn.
Total KJV occurrences: 5
The Greek word for Forgive
From G575 and G3089; to free fully, that is, (literally) relieve, release, dismiss (reflexively depart), or (figuratively) let die, pardon, or (specifically) divorce: – (let) depart, dismiss, divorce, forgive, let go, loose, put (send) away, release, set at liberty.
Total KJV occurrences: 69
Jesus teaches us to NOT Condem but to Forgive. This is always taught as having to do with relationships with others. We are taught it is Satan who comes to kill, steal and destroy. And in this context, Judging and Condemning is certainly a way of destroying a relationship.
Judging and Condemning are very closely related in their meaning as you can see from the Strong’s definitions above. The resulting actions are hugely different. How you see these two terms is important to you and all those around you.
We have all heard the old proverb ‘To err is human….’ It is a fact stated in many places in the Scripture and understood in basic law that humans are going to make mistakes. Humans will fail…humans will not always do the right thing..
Notice In this littany of things Jesus is telling us, no where is an apology from another party spoken of.. only to forgive. Even if the other party never knows what they might have done to ‘offend’ you are to forgive. And this is His commandment to His followers. Forgive.
‘Father, forgive us our trespasses…. as we forgive those that trespass against us…..’ Forgive us in the same manner and to the same degree that we find ourselves able to forgive others.
You could also say.. ‘Forgive us in the same manner and to the same degree that we are able to forgive ourselves……’ Past is past. If you are a child of God, a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, HE has forgiven your sins. When Satan brings those back up.. remember that forgiveness.. and also the forgiveness YOU gave to YOURSELF… Paul writes to us in the book of Romans…
Life in the Spirit
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1-4 ESV)
The most difficult person in the world to forgive is most often yourself. That is because Satan keeps throwing your weaknesses nd sin back in your face. Know that Jesus dies for that sin and now there is NO condemnation for those of us that have given our lives to Him.
We know we will fail because of what we are, frail mankind..
Romans 3:23 says ‘for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,’ To err is human. We are sinners, not because of what we have done, but because of who we are. We have done our acts because of who we are and the influence of Satan over us.l
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV)
In Christ, we find our forgiveness. We have nothing to do with that sin ever again. To forgive is divine!
The proverbial phrase ‘To err is human’ is often heard in its fuller form ‘To err is human; to forgive, divine.’. This makes sense of the notion that the originator, the English poet Alexander Pope, was trying to convey. In the poem An Essay on Criticism, Part II , 1711. Pope explains that, while anyone can make a mistake, we should aspire to do as God does, that is, show mercy and forgive sinners, especially ourselves:
Ah ne’er so dire a Thirst of Glory boast,
Nor in the Critick let the Man be lost!
Good-Nature and Good-Sense must ever join;
To err is Humane; to Forgive, Divine.
Note that Pope’s original wording uses the word ‘humane’ rather than, as it is now usually spelled, ‘human’. This wasn’t a spelling mistake, nor have we misunderstood the poet’s meaning, just that ‘humane’ was the accepted spelling of ‘human’ in the early 18th century.
Taken from http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/to-err-is-human.html
Lord, Help us forgive ourselves AND forgive others as we want and need you to forgive us. Deliver us from the Evil.. for YOU are the Power and Glory forever and ever.