All you ever hear is, “Judge not lest you be judged”! People judging other people for this and for that. Self-proclaimed Christians judging other Christians in the pews while at church. What audacity they have! No shame! Outside amongst their little ‘members only club’ they chatter and whisper amongst themselves about what sister ‘Lucy’ is wearing, or what sister ‘Mary’ isn’t wearing and so goes on the chattering of gossip and busybodies of fellow church members, that is, fellow children of God, members of the Body of Christ, this ought not to be. The continual perpetual judging as if a high profile dog show of purebreds are on display for everyone to gawk and to judge this and judge that.
Then you have the secular people using the same lines right back at Christians for apparently being judged by them? Those seculars scream out, ‘you hypocrites’ judge not lest you be judged! Worry about yourselves first before you start on someone else! Take out that big fat log in your eye so you can see the broken toothpick in another’s’?
What we have is a lack of understanding about the word ‘judge’, ‘judging’ or ‘judgment’ in applying it with the intent of how God has specifically instructed His saints, on when and how to mete out proper judgment in regard to others. There are times when the brothers and sisters of the church are to judge, to judge in a most righteous judgment. To judge others with love and not with condemnation. There is a time to judge things in their proper place. To judge if someone is sinning and going astray. Of course those that are outside the body of Christ, they have absolutely no understanding about the ‘how’, ‘why’, ‘what’, and ‘when’ of judging. If you don’t read the Word of God, you’re not going to know, nor understand when it is appropriate to judge, or know the proper way to judge in certain situations. Let the Spirit of Truth guide you through these serious times of when a godly and righteous judgment is needed and required and due. And pray for revelation! See the accompanying ‘page’ at the top of home page for more complete verses, thank you.
John 7:24 “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
Romans 2:1 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.
Romans 2:2 But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things.
Romans 2:3 And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?
1Corinthians 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?
1Corinthians 6:2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
1Corinthians 6:3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?
1Corinthians 6:4 If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge?
1Corinthians 6:5 I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?