Many Christians have a tendency to judge other Christians. What does God say about judging other Christians? I specify “Judging other Christians” because those not yet in Christ either know not what they do, or do not care. As Christians we need to separate ourselves from the deed of sin rather than the sinner. For, we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God. However, there are many people that love to throw out the Scripture where Jesus warns not to judge lest you be judged yourself. Let’s take a look at that Scripture more closely. In Matthew (7:1), “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” If you read the rest of the Scripture, Matthew (7:1-7) it will bring a whole new meaning to what it really means. You will see that Jesus is speaking to the hypocrite who clearly had sin in his own life, and before he could judge his brother he had to remove his own sin. Jesus went on to teach that Christians should not give what is holy to dogs or cast their peals before swine. Those outside of Christ only want to hear what they choose to. They will not open their ears to listen to what the Bible has to say. They will twist Scripture and trample it under their feet. So we need to take heed of this.
Matthew 6:24 tell us that no man can serve two masters, because they will eventually hate the one and love the other. Jesus tells us in John 7:24, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” The apostle Paul in Philippians 1:9-10, “ say “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all “judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ.”
In Colossians (1:28) Paul warns every man, and teaching every man, in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. In Colossians (2:8) Paul warns: “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, and after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” In Colossians 3:16, Paul says “”Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Paul adds (Colossians 4:6) “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”
One last note…Paul writes “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
~~ Estelle P. Shrum