Judging Others (Through the Gospels)
“Judge not, that you be not judged” ^Matthew 7:1.
The root of judging others stems from thinking you are better than that person. The root of thinking that you are better than others is from pride which is the seed of all sins. We are all prideful and sinful in our own distinct ways.
Jesus strongly warns his followers, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgement you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you” (Matthew 7:1-2).
When Jesus says here not to judge, he is not stating that we ought to accept and approve of everyone’s behavior. Jesus is not saying that people are free to do whatever they fit is best for themselves. No. Jesus is talking about casting condemning thoughts and placing yourself above others. We must be careful when we sense our hearts becoming judgmental.
What is the remedy of a judgmental heart?
The person who knows how sinful they truly are will be loving and humble towards others. If you have experienced God’s mercy and forgiveness you cannot help but extend the same to others. If you have truly tasted the love of God you will know that you are nothing apart for His grace.
Every good thing about you is a derivative of God’s grace. If you find yourself being judgmental of others, often times it says more about you than it does about the other person. May you and I be careful in casting judgment on others because we may be in more danger with the Lord than we realize. Are you judgmental?