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Many Christians don’t fully understand God’s instruction when it comes to judging other people. Too often we’re told that we’re never to judge another person at any time or for any reason. Yet scripturally speaking, that’s not necessarily true.
There are times when God requires that we make sound scriptural judgments about someone’s doctrinal beliefs and moral behavior. The key difference is that we’re called to make functional judgments but not pass final judgment on another.
As Christians we’re to judge another’s outer actions but not their inner attitude and heart. Only God clearly sees this and will one day pass final judgment on all men who are accountable to Him alone.
But, because we often need to make functional judgments about what others say and do, scripture teaches us what to do and where to begin.
In Matthew 7:1-5 we’re told that rightly judging others begins with judging yourself first.
“(1) Do not judge lest you be judged. (2) “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. (3) “And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? (4) “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? (5) “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
Removing the large spiritual log that is in you own eye first will give you clear spiritual vision to take the small spec out of another’s eye. Doing this first will not only keep you from being judged by God, but also help you to judge others justly and not hypocritically!