To Judge or not to Judge, that is the question

judging othersCommentary by:  Gordon King

Does the bible tell us that we are not to judge?

Matthew 7:1

“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.

Matthew 7:2

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. 

Matthew 7:3-5

3 “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 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? 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.

Matthew 7

“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.”

What does he mean by not giving what is holy to the “dogs”, nor casting our pearls to the “pigs”?  Well, the way I see it, what is holy is from above.  The things of God are holy.  Scripture, the word of God, salvation, and the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Dogs back in Jesus time were dangerous animals, mostly traveling in packs.  Pigs represented filth and uncleanliness.  He is not really talking about dogs and pigs, but referencing a specific type of person with these qualities and traits.  Do not give what is holy to people who are dangerous, filthy and unclean.
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Does this mean that we should not spread the word to dangerous and unclean people?  No!  It means that if there are people who despise the scriptures, who have hardened their hearts and tear apart what God has to offer, then do not share what is holy with them.  People who are not ready to receive or listen to God and what He has to say or offer.
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If we share what is holy with such people then they will tear it apart, denigrate and belittle it as well as us.  Without proper judgement of these individuals, how are we to know if they are dogs and pigs?  How are we to offer what is holy, without telling them that they are sinning?  It is impossible.
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Timothy tells us to preach the word of God and to rebuke!

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: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”

The Free Dictionary defines “Rebuke”:  To criticize or reprove sharply; reprimand.
                                                           “Exhort”: To urge by strong, often stirring argument, admonition, advice, or appeal
                                                           “Longsuffering”: Patience
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If that is not judging then I do not know what is.  We are to preach the Word of God, convince, rebuke (judge), exhort (urge strongly), with longsuffering (patience) and teaching.
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We are commanded by God to judge others.  Yet we are to do so with humility, patience, love, and kindness.  We need to check our hearts, minds and souls for purity.  We must remove the sin in our own life first, before judging others of the same offense.  God will judge us as we judge others.
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Lord Almighty I come to you in humility and thankfulness.  I pray for the patience of the saints, and the humble attitude that you expect from your children.  I pray that all saints approach others with peace, kindness, love, forgiveness, and mercy.  May you lead us down that righteous path and give us the tools we need to fulfill your mission.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen

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God Bless!

3 thoughts on “To Judge or not to Judge, that is the question

  1. Thank you for your right stand on this issue Gordon. God and His Word has, is, and will judge the whole earth. It is no better plan of the devil to have Christians tolerate sin in the midst and not speak up and judge it with Gods Word. Paul said in 1 Cor. 5:13 “to put away from yourselves the evil person.”

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