Most Everyone has heard the phrase “judge not lest Ye be judged”.Christians are accused of judging,when We call sin,sin.It is the one of the most misused and misunderstood scripture in the Bible.What does the Bible say about judging others ?
I agree that We should not judge the non-believer,or un-saved ,for God
16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
What about judging the Christian ?
Is there a time, where the Christian can be judged ?
I was once condemned,then became a child of God,by the believing and calling on His name.(Romans 10:9-13.)I by no means was a perfect christian,and still not,I had a lot of maturing to do.I needed guidance,and compassion,because I didn’t understand what it was to be a Christian.I still had faults,and there were times I failed miserably.There were times I needed to be corrected,just as We correct our children.Some of the correction was harsh,and yes,there was some that was kind.I never became upset,or angry of the people judging Me,I accepted it as a lesson.It is easier to do that,than come under the chastisement of Gods hand.
The Bible gives us righteous judgment.John 7:24″Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”
1. Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Righteous judgment is not only Biblical,but it is required,when someone strays from the
way.I believe it should be a kind and compassionate thing to do,but it is still needed.Being
hateful towards a Brother or Sister in Christ,only drives them farther away from the truth.
Judging someone requires scriptural authority,as in the scripture below.
Matthew 18:15-17 15.Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.16. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of 17. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church,let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican.
Before using judgment,one must be blameless him or herself,as not to be a hypocrite.
Judging others is very serious,be sure it is righteous judgment,and not in yourself.