Hmmm… Stop Judging Others!

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“You call yourself a “Christian,” but Jesus wasn’t a snob who judges people for their imperfections. You may wanna get your Bible out & check up on that.”

One might say this in itself is a hypocritical statement as it makes a judgmental opinion about those who call themselves Christians. Hmmm… Talk about judging! After seeing this statement in an ecard repeatedly posted on Facebook and thinking on it for some time, I took out my Bible to “check up on that.”

Matthew 7:1 (King James Version) says,

“Judge not, that ye be not judged .”

The word judge here means to stop pronouncing an opinion concerning right and wrong. So if we read this verse alone, then yes we are instructed not to judge.  But everyone (yes me included) makes judgments about others.  Doctors and nurses form opinions about a client’s symptoms to make a diagnosis. That must stop! Teachers grade a student’s performance. That must stop!  Jurors decide for conviction or acquittal. That must stop! And, people forgive others. That must stop, too! Sounds unreasonable not to mention unruly doesn’t it? Oops! Sorry for making a judgment.

But, I believe there is more to Matthew 7:1 when taken into context.

“Stop judging others, and you will not be judged. For others will treat you as you treat them. Whatever measure you use in judging others, it will be used to measure how you are judged. And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log from your own eye; then perhaps you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”Don’t give what is holy to unholy people. Don’t give pearls to swine! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.” (Matthew 7:1-6 New Living Translation)

I believe these verses are not so much about deciding what is right or wrong. They aren’t even about other people, but instead the attitudes in which we as individuals make our decisions and base our opinions. They put the responsibiliy back where it belongs, on ourselves.

The Message version translates the verses above like this,

“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults – unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor. “Don’t be flip with the sacred. Banter and silliness give no honor to God. Don’t reduce holy mysteries to slogans. In trying to be relevant, you’re only being cute and inviting sacrilege.” (Matthew 7:1-6 The Message)

And no, Jesus is not a snob. But He does call people out (yes, even me) on their “imperfections” with the best of attitudes, love.

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16 thoughts on “Hmmm… Stop Judging Others!

  1. Hi Karin , yes it is very True as I have often shared, we are not to judge peoples faults and weaknesses, it is the same as looking in a mirror, we are seeing our own imperfections, we are also not to judge anyone’s destiny only God knows their heart, they may repent on their deathbed, we are to Love and accept everyone even those who hurt us but we don’t have to accept the evil they do even though we don’t condemn them. Jesus didn’t accept evil, He told the woman caught in Adultery to go and sin no more and we are told to do the same.

    We are all responsible to keep the Church pure, this is why God tells us to rebuke and warn those who sin and to correct error in those who are deceived or they will deceive others. As we know the Scriptures tell us how we are to do this and it must be in Love and for Love and yes you are right Karin to do so we must judge that they are doing wrong but we remember that we too were saved by grace. Just as we do not accept sin in ourselves we do not accept it in others, to do so is saying what God calls evil is ok.

    Christian Love from us both – Anne

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  2. I’m with you all the way on this. I’ve been pondering the same verse in recent times. “Judge not”.
    Funny enough, the only way to be right is to approve others because whatever verdict we give is what we give ourselves.
    No wonder people say that we don’t see things how they are, we see them how we are.
    Reality seems to be our impression of life and not life itself.
    If the jugdement we give is the jugdement we receive, then ofcourse it’s in our hands to determine what we get.
    Nice thoughts and a catching concept!
    Welldone.

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    • “… then ofc ourse it’s in our hands to determine what we get.”

      That reminds me when Mom would tell us kids, “What goes around, comes around.” I told my kids the same thing but added, “And what goes around often comes back around a lot worse than when it went.”

      Keep the Faith!

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      • Nice one! Maybe I’ll tell my own children that what goes around comes around in good measures, pressed down, shaken together and running over! 🙂
        Thanks much. Keep the faith too.

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    • We are not to judge Son ever with a Fleshy agenda and that was what God was saying or He contradicts Himself when He tells us to rebuke those who sin, correct error and warn of danger and to do so we must Judge others actions but we do so with God’s Truth and guidelines, or it is as you shared and what is confirmed in Scripture, which is we see our own reflection and Judge ourselves.

      Blessings – Grannie Annie

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  3. I totally agree! The Bible says that we will know people by their fruits. That takes a bit of judgment. Scripture also talks of exhortation and correcting those who are sinning. It’s all about using God’s measurements to judge, instead of creating our own. People tend to say “don’t judge” when they just don’t want the truth.

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  4. Well said Karin. Since it is so dog-gone easy to see other’s faults and so very difficult to see my own (by choice of course), it makes sense for Jesus to go to the root of the problem… me and my heart. If we’re willing to take on the painful act of examining ourselves (oh goody), Jesus seems to suggest (sorry, He never suggests) that the ability to assist others will come naturally (supernaturally). Good words you bring!

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    • Yes True Mike but let’s never call others unloving names like Basket Case or put them down to others for sharing God’s Truth because we have a different agenda, unless we can show with the confirmation of Scripture they are in error we are the ones in error.

      I forgive you and pray you will also ask God for His forgiveness too.

      Christian Love in Christ Jesus – Anne.

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    • I’m sure that steer looks on that calf much like God does us sometimes saying, “Keep moooving. You’ll get it someday. But you won’t get far by head-buttin’ me.”
      Keep the Faith!

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