What Was Jesus Saying When He Said, “Do not Judge Lest Ye Be Judged?”

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged” is so misunderstood.

The cowardly approach: “You live your life, and I’ll live mine.”  Jesus clearly did not mean this.

We must be discerning and even willing to label that behavior which is right and wrong.

Jesus’ admonition has more to do with judging people’s thoughts and motives, which we clearly are never in a position to do.  Only God is.

Jesus teaches us 3 things about what it means to be nonjudgmental:

  1. Don’t say 1 thing and do another–don’t be a hypocrite.
  2. Judge yourself rightly and makes changes first–show integrity.
  3. Give to others the same kind of grace and forgiveness that God has given you–make sure you show mercy.

Hypocrisy (no. 1) is focusing on the speck in another person’s eyes while ignoring the 2X4 plank in our own eye.  Integrity is removing the board from your own eye.  Mercy is removing the speck from another’s eye.

Are there places in your life where you see a tendency to be judgmental of others?


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