Judging

Who are you to judge?

We hear it all the time. The first scripture that comes to mind is Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. What about the other verses that follow? Matthew 7:2-3;

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

This means that God will hold you to the same standards that you hold others to. You can not talk about what someone else is doing, when you are doing the same thing, or something worse. Examine yourself, and clean up your own act before you can correct someone else.

That leads me to my next point in scripture:

John 7:24

24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

This is where many people get confused. Calling someone “ugly” because of their appearance is clearly an unrighteous judgement. That person may not uphold your standards of what “beauty” is, but they are probably very spiritual, charitable, and holy. That’s what matters to God.

If I tell you that something that you are doing (cursing, the use of witchcraft, astrology, yoga, etc) is not of God, I am judging you righteously.

The funny thing is, the main people who asks this question (Who are you to judge?) or quickly quote the scripture written above, are the one’s who judge people the most. “She’s ugly”, “I don’t like her”, She’s a b****”, She’s a h**”, “He’s a bad father”, “He’s lame”, “He’s gay”, and the list can go on and on. Yes, little comments like that, are considered judging (and unrighteous ones at that)

What is righteous judgement?

James 5:19-20

19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;

20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

In other words, if you see that someone is straying from Jesus’ path, you are to correct their error and get them back on track. Keep their soul from being cursed.

I have been told that I can’t use the bible to condemn others. For one, if you feel that the bible is condemning you, then maybe you are not righteous. For two, the bible says in II Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

So I say, to those of you who believe that someone is trying to use the bible to condemn you………….

II Corinthians 13:5  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

I Thessalonians 5:17 Pray continually

James 13:25 Grace be with you all, Amen.