“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.”Matthew 7: 1-2
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If my share my insights on the above gospel according to Matthew.
Do not judge, or we too will be judged. And, yet we are so judgmental. We judge from a person’s physical appearance to a person’s inner-self. We are so easy to pass judgment and too slow to self-reflect. For instance, it takes a split second to stereotype or brand someone by the way he or she acts or talks but would take sometime to find out why he or she acts that way. How foolish are we ,many times for passing judgment on someone even before we could investigate the true facts.
But correct judgment with the aim of leading a person to the right way or the way towards Christ is not what this verse is all about .This verse is all about superficial judgment – condemning because of physical attributes of a person. It is about hypocritical judgment – condemning someone for committing a sin while we ourselves do the same sin. This verse is also about self-righteous judgment, bragging you to be the righteous one and others as sinners. This is wrong because this is the direct opposite of humility which Jesus teaches us to observe.
When we try to correct someone from sinning or we oppose sin or speak against it, are we guilty of judging? Yes we are judging, but opposing sin is definitely not wrong, for this my friends is what we call a right judgment, the one we based from the word of God, as written in the Bible, and not based on our faulty human egoistic nature.
The command not to judge others, does not mean, we cannot speak against it if it is about sinning for not all actions are morally right. Notice that those who encourage or commit sin and reject Jesus will be the one to say “not to judge others” when we speak against sin. Be firm. Condemning is different for discerning.