JUDGING

 

DEFINITIONBeing judgmental or judging is to make and express assumptions about the moral and personal conduct of others.

FACTS ABOUT JUDGING:

God is the judge.  God is the judge of us all  (Romans 14:12-13).  When you take it upon yourself to judge others, you are trying to assume a function of God.

You will be judged the same way you judge others.  Think about that when tempted to criticize others (Matthew 7:2).

When you judge others, you condemn your own self.  Very often, you are doing the same things you are criticizing others for–if not worse (Romans 2:1).

When you judge your leaders, you are criticizing God Himself.  Israel criticized Moses and Aaron, but God viewed it as criticism of Himself because He had set these men in places of leadership  (Numbers 14:27).

DEALING WITH  JUDGING:

Ask God to forgive your judgmental spirit.  Since Jesus said not to judge others, then it is a sin when we do so.

Focus on dealing with issues in your own life.  Instead of judging and criticizing others, focus on your own moral and spiritual condition (Matthew 7:1-5).

Ask God to help you guard what you say.  David said,  “Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord, keep watch over the door of my lips” (Psalm 141:3).

View others as God sees them.  God sees you and others not as you are, but as you have the potential to become.  Look at a person’s potential, not their problems.

WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT JUDGING:

Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?  (Genesis 18:25b)

Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. (Psalm 141:3)

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. (Luke 6:37)

For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:1-5)

And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. (Luke 18:7-8)

You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. (John 8:15-16)

For at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. (Romans 2:1)

So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? (Romans 2:3)

Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. (Romans 14:1)

You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. (Romans 14:10)

Each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another.  (Romans 14:12-13)

The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment. (1 Corinthians 2:15)

I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes.  (1 Corinthians 4:3-5)

Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you–who are you to judge your neighbor? (James 4:11-12)

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