Judging Others

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

Jesus knew that many persons would struggle with the act of judging others hypocritically, so He gave us a stern warning. He does not expect us to be habitually critical of others especially when our own faults need to be corrected. He further cautions us to first take the beam out of our own eye and then we will be able to see clearly enough to remove whatever is in our brother’s eye.

Many persons are guilty of judging others when they experience disappointment, loss, sickness, failure or other forms of adversity. While it is almost impossible to journey through life without making judgment, when they do so, it should involve the distinction between good and bad or positive and negative. It should be measured against a particular standard and not merely done to condemn. Judgment should not be subjected to their assumption about another person’s behaviour or intentions. Instead, they should examine themselves first to see if they are without fault.