Judging Others

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Matthew 7:1-5

I’m tempted to simply post these verses, and wish all a great day without further comment, for they are more than self-explanatory. We are not to pass judgment on other people; period.

Experience tells me however, that if I just leave it there, I am going to get comments. Yes sir, I’ll be told that I’m not properly dealing with sin in our midst…

Maybe that’s true… but I doubt it.

It seems to me that Jesus’ point is that we must deal with our own sin before we should be getting after our brother’s. Of course, as a community, we encourage and help each other to deal with problems, including sin; I’m all for that, but let’s be very clear: That is not the same thing as judging others!

“Judging” is what God will do on the last day; it is condemnation to “eternal perdition” and that is reserved for God alone. Quite honestly, I am quite delighted that judging others is so far above my pay grade.

Does that mean that we must condone sin? Of course not, it only means that we deal with the problems of others without judging the people involved. To be very clear, we cannot possibly help our brother by condemning him, but we can help him by loving him enough to guide and encourage him onto the right path.

That is love in action, not judging. Love in action requires empathy and grace along with the truth to bring about healing and redemption… and with that, I’ll await your comments.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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22 Responses to Judging Others

  1. Of course not, it only means that we deal with the problems of others without judging the people involved — very well said. It is often easy to judge the person for being bad when they make a bad decision instead of realizing the person could be a good person who just made a bad mistake

  2. pipermac5 says:

    That includes not pre-judging someone based on “intel” from someone else. I had that unfortunate experience recently (Missing Love…).


  3. Wally Fry says:

    And the congregation said Amen

  4. Often, the sins we judge in another are sins we condone in ourselves. The war against sin is the war within and with every victory won there comes the empathy necessary to encourage and empower our brothers and sisters in their inner war….That’s my long version of “I agree.” :0)

  5. sheppaja says:

    Excellent lesson, I just did a study on this not too long ago. We need to look in the mirror before we start judging each other. We all sin, not one is perfect. We too often make excuses for being judgmental. But too often in our judgement we chase the one who needs Jesus away. They see us as hypocrites and haters when all we do is point out their wrongs. No I do not condone sin, but Jesus forgave me when I did not deserve it, and He did it with love. He knew I would sin and still He died to save me from my sins. The religious pharisees were the ones that criticized Jesus while He was on this earth for the people He spent time with and visited. They did not understand it was love that made people want to change, not because He tried to force them to change, but because they could tell He really did love them as they were. He did not wait till they got it right, but gave His life for all of us to be saved. He could wipe out this planet and all the people in it if He chose to,but instead He is patiently waiting for us to receive His love and forgiveness and repent.

  6. Now, understand first off that I do not completely disagree with you. I have done several studies on this issue and the passage you quoted has been completely taken out of context. Jesus is talking to believers about how they should deal with and reprimand non-believers. He tells them not to judge because they know not what they’re doing, they don’t understand that it’s wrong, and you don’t want to scare people away from the gospel before they get a chance to see how wonderful life with God is.
    In surrounding context, Jesus is telling them (the believers) to hold each other accountable. To judge sin and judge it harshly.
    I like that you pointed out that even though we are not to judge the sin of non-believers, we should not condone it.
    Also, judging the sin of our brother is not condemning him and it is not hateful. If you love somebody, you want them to be as safe and healthy as possible, forever. So if someone is living with an unrepentant spirit towards their sin, it’s our job to lovingly judge that sin, hold our brother or sister accountable, and steer them back towards Heaven and God.

    • Don Merritt says:

      Interesting comments on a tough issue; thank you for them. I’m curious to see if anyone else would like to reply…

    • Matt Brumage says:

      This the response I was waiting for. Calling sin what it is is the responsibility of believers to other believers. Doing this, if done as Jesus teaches, is redemptive and restorative. Keep in mind that the passage so often used to describe this process, Matthew 18, also includes the command to forgive without reservation. Discipline (judging within the church) done without forgiveness isn’t what Jesus teaches. Paul applied this concept with the Corinthian church, and spelled out how they were to proceed. Keep in mind he had made a point of not being ‘judgmental’ prior to telling the church to judge the one sinning. Clearly this topic is not one-dimentional.

  7. I think the Bible says to judge, but not be judgmental. What do you think?

    • Don Merritt says:

      I think the word “judge” has way too many meanings! Of course we are to use judgment and to rightly judge certain circumstances, but that we are never to “pass judgment” on anyone, for that is something that God reserves to Himself alone.

  8. Kelly Grace says:

    I’ve been blessed by a message from Tim Keller called “Get Out of My Chair”. When I’m tempted to stamp guilty on someone I just think of God saying, “Excuse me Kelly—Get out of my chair!”
    Thanks for the good word😊

  9. “I am quite delighted that judging others is so far above my pay grade.” I like this, Don. I think too often we get on the bandwagon of passing judgment on groups of people without bothering to know individuals. It’s far too easy to dehumanize groups. Jesus, time after time, shows compassion and love to individuals: a Roman soldier, a prostitute, a Pharisee, a tax collector. As he does this, he is able to provide a pathway to God through grace, not condemnation. I believe it behooves us to do the same.

  10. vw1212 says:

    o thou wise one…lol. vw

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