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Is It Ever Right to Judge?
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Making sound judgments is a biblical part of life.

We know we are to judge what we hear by what is revealed in Scripture.

Acts 17:10-11
“The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.”

1 Thessalonians 5:21
“…but test everything; hold fast what is good.”

We even know are to judge decisions and activities in ourselves and others by what is revealed in Scripture.

Godly judgment is a necessary and natural part of the believer's life.

Why did Jesus address the subject?
Simple. Jesus spoke about godly judgment because the religious crowd of Jesus’ day were given to ungodly judgment.

Step One: Rid yourself of judgmental attitudes! v.1-2

Matthew 7:1-2
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.”

Command: Judge not!
A critical spirit isn’t a Christ-like spirit.

Consequences:
1. Others may use the same standard to judge you.
2. God may use the same standard to judge you.

“Judge” (krinō) can imply to analyze or evaluate as well as to condemn or avenge.”
- Craig Blomberg

Matthew 7:12
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

Step Two: Judge yourself first! v. 3-5

Matthew 7:3-5
“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 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.”

The Flaws of Human Judgment
1. We often ignore our own sinfulness.
2. Our sins generally outweigh the sins of others.
3. Our sins infringe on our ability to clearly see those around us.
4. Our sins interfere with our ability to help others.

Step Three: Judge to help, not to hurt! v. 5

Godly judgment is not designed to bring retribution or harm rather, healing and help.

John 7:24
“Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

The Bible does provide a description of the sinful type of judgment:

Superficial judgment is wrong.

Hypocritical judgment is wrong.
Jesus’ command not to judge others in Matthew 7:1 is preceded by comparisons to hypocrites (Matthew 6:2, 5, 16) and followed by a warning against hypocrisy (Matthew 7:3–5).

Harsh critical judgment is wrong.
We are “always to be gentle toward everyone” (Titus 3:2).

Self-righteous judgment is wrong.
We are called to humility, and “God opposes the proud” (James 4:6).

False judgment is wrong.
The Bible clearly forbids bearing false witness “Slander no one” (Titus 3:2).

Here are a few examples in Scripture of ways to help not hurt in judgment:

Galatians 6:1
“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.”

2 Thessalonians 3:6,13-15
“Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us…As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.”

Luke 17:3-4
“Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

Step Four: Be Careful in Judgment! v. 6

Matthew 7:6
“Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.”

Step Five: Pray for wisdom! v.7-11

Matthew 7:7-11
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”

Step Six: Live the Golden Rule! v.12

Matthew 7:12
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

John 13:35
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”