Jesus was speaking to all of us when He said, “Do not judge and you will not be judged.” This is one teaching of Jesus’ that will bring you great peace if you will accept it. Incorrectly …
Jesus was speaking to all of us when He said, “Do not judge and you will not be judged.” This is one teaching of Jesus’ that will bring you great peace if you will accept it. Incorrectly judging others adds a burden of responsibility that you do not have to carry.
Understand that this judgment He speaks about has nothing to do with legal issues. This is not instruction for the legal or judicial system. It is not personal direction for you in such issues as jury duty or testifying in a legal matter.
This is instruction in relating to other individuals with whom your life intersects. It refers to all personal relationships whether in your family, workplace, church, or just people with whom you interact in your life.
When you judge the motives of others, you put yourself in the position of God. This is the danger area. It is the part of judging others with which the Savior is most concerned. Jesus referred to this when He spoke of having a log in your own eye, while you point out the speck that is in your friend’s eye! Few, if any, are qualified to pass personal judgment on anyone else. And definitely, none of us is qualified to judge the motives of another.
The classic Scriptural illustration of this point is found in John Chapter 8. A woman was discovered involved in adultery. Religious leaders wanted to stone her, which was the punishment of the era. They came to Jesus with the woman and asked Him what should be done to her.
Jesus’ answer was classic. He looked over the men standing there who had already formed their judgment of her. He said, “Let the one who is without sin among you cast the first stone at her.” Then starting with the oldest one there to the youngest one, they left without doing anything.
Each one of them recognized his own lack of qualification to judge the sin of the woman. Those who had come to judge her were condemned by their own guilt.
Let’s don’t carry this illustration too far. Suffice it to say that we all always need to look carefully at ourselves before we judge anyone else. If we were to do this, we would make more effort to correct our own faults before acting in judgment toward anyone else.
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