Does the bible tell us that we are not to judge?
“Judge not, that you be not judged.”
Well, if you only read Matthew 7:1, then it certainly sounds that way. But, you must continue reading Matthew 7 to find out what it really says.
2 “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”
Jesus is not telling us not to judge, but is giving us a warning that how we judge others is how we ourselves will be judged in return, measure for measure.
He’s also telling us that we should not judge others for a certain offense when we ourselves maybe committing the same offense.
3 “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
He tells us to first remove the plank (sin) from our own lives, then we can see clearly to remove the speck (sin) from our brothers eye. Not only does he tell us to clean up our own lives first, but refers to many of us having even greater sin then the person whom we are trying to judge, stating that we have a “plank”, but we are trying to remove a “speck”. We should be looking at ourselves from within before we make judgements of others. If we don’t then we are hypocrites. Let us make sure that we are not hypocrites, that we have searched our own hearts, have cleaned up our own lives, and that we are coming from a place of peace, love, and humility.
I am sure that there are many believers who do not agree with me. People who think that the bible tells us not to judge at all. I say Hogwash! How can that possibly be?! We make all kinds of judgements each and everyday of our lives. Without judgements we cannot survive. It is not possible.
One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is discernment. Discernment is “insight” and “judgement”. We as Christians need to have discernment, and we need to be able to judge both fairly and humbly.
Jesus also warns us to beware of the unholy. That we need to judge others in order to protect what is holy and ourselves. We should treasure what is holy.
6 “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”
2 Timothy 4
“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”