Do not judge so that you will not be judged.
For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.
Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:1-5
You hear people say ‘Jesus would never judge anyone’. Hmmm, is that altogether true? Should Christians ever judge? Jesus says don’t do it, because He may apply your own standard to you. But, of course we must make many judgments in life. Its in the condemning of other people that we receive strong warnings. Jesus is able to understand the motives and intents of people’s hearts, while we cannot. All we can see is behavior. That’s why Jesus could say to a woman caught in a capital offense (adultery), neither do I condemn you, go your way and sin no more. But, in another conversation tell the Pharisees ‘you travel half way around the world to make a convert and in doing so make them twice the sons of hell that you are”… paraphrased. What am I to do? Get the log out of my eye, and get the speck out of my brother’s eye… and send them on their way to sin no more. Sure, I have to assess and discern sin. I have to engage others in conversation about righteousness and the salvation afforded with Jesus’ shed blood. But, I need to keep my own heart free from condemning someone (the law will do that anyway), instead, I love them, point out their error and sin (checking my own behavior) and lead them to Christ. In the end I am reminded that in Romans 2 we know… God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus, and in 2 Timothy … Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom.
How shall I make judgments? Carefully and thoughtfully and lovingly.
Lord Jesus, You are my judge, but You also are my advocate (lawyer). How neat to know the courtroom is stacked in my favor. Help me always present the truth in love and be free of hypocrisy. May the gospel be attractive as I present Your word and ways to people.