Judge Not or Learn These Judging Skills

We judge people every day. We state our judgment (opinion, same thing) on their appearance, their behavior, their choices, their speech and so on. Judging is so commonplace that sometimes we pride ourselves on being good at it, when truly we are all capable of poor judgment.

However, since we must judge, let us apply the proverb, “Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well.” We want to put forth our best effort in judging the men who ask to date our daughters, the women who befriend our brothers, the neighbors who bring gifts for our children, the politician who campaigns for our vote. We judge constantly without being aware.

Here are six great Bible verses quoted from the New Living Translation which will help us improve our judging skills. They're necessary especially for those whose opinion is often sought by trusting relatives and friends.


Judge yourself by the standard you use for others.

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(1) Pray for Wisdom

I believe in your commands; now teach me good judgment and knowledge (Psalm 119:66).

What does it say about individuals who pray to God for wisdom (good judgment) before undertaking the task of judging? Rather than develop a sense of self-importance or a know-it-all posture, such persons open up themselves for supernatural input into their mental process.

Since we are faced with the opportunity to judge several times a day, sometimes even caught off guard, it is wise to include this prayer in our daily morning meditations.


(2) Judge Yourself First

Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye (Matthew 7: 5).

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We have established that we do judge and this verse counsels that our first judgment must be on ourselves. If we are concerned about improving lives how can we evaluate, pass judgment, prepare to discipline others while we cover up our own faults? The Bible commentaries help us further:

  • We must judge ourselves, and judge our own acts, and not make our word a law to everybody.
  • That which we call a splinter in our brother's eye, true repentance and godly sorrow will teach us to call a beam in our own.
  • It would be well, if we would put ourselves in the circumstances of the people we judge; and then consider, what judgment they might choose should others pass judgement on them.


(3) Know and Keep the Law

Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly (James 3:1).

James speaks specifically of church leaders in this verse, but the principle applies also to civic leaders like law enforcers, counselors, school teachers and eventually, to everyone. Those of us who lead in our specialty areas are expected to set an example; and if we mess up, we are criticized more harshly than other offenders. One reason is that we cannot plead ignorance of the law.

Judges offend because of other reasons beside ignorance—reasons like greed, gullibility or even presumption. Individual with known weaknesses set themselves up when they accept positions which put them in place to judge other people. This verse encourages humility and compassion in those who judge, and cautions them not to think of themselves above the law.


(4) Avoid Discrimination

Doesn’t . . . discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives? (James 2: 4)

What do you preconceive about residents in a gated community?

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What makes God the perfect judge is that He can see the heart—the real person. Human beings tend to discriminate based on externals, and we transfer what we think of one person we met previously to another person who shares a common feature.

No two individuals are exactly alike, yet we stereotype individuals who wear the same kind of clothes, have the same family name or live in the same neighborhood. We decide where they should sit, what positions they can or cannot have.

With this subscription to opinions based on similar characteristics, we can jeopardize opportunities for some deserving people. Other people may imitate our actions of treating misjudged individuals unfairly. Every person has the individual right to be treated with equal dignity and respect. We cannot let our preconceived ideas stand in the way.


(5) Have All the Facts

Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly (John 7:24).

How much do you need to see before you form an opinion?

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Is it ever possible to have all the facts? Perhaps with a ton of effort, but without them, we have reasonable doubt concerning our judgment.

  • Do we know the emotional and mental state of the person we are judging?
  • Do we know how his value system influenced his action?
  • Do we know the scriptural and civic laws governing the situation we’re judging?

We may not even know what to look for and where in the person’s psyche to look. Do not forget that we are fallible. God’s Omniscience makes Him the only qualified judge. If only we could see through His eyes!


(6) Keep a Clear Conscience

Always think carefully before pronouncing judgment. Remember that you do not judge to please people but to please the Lord. ( 2 Chronicles 19:6)

This counsel was given by the Hebrew King Jehoshaphat to newly appointed judges in his kingdom. He further reminded them that God does not like “perverted justice, partiality, or the taking of bribes” (verse 7).

People other than judges on the bench find themselves in positions to make perverted judgments. The corporate boss may fire one employee because of a personal grudge; such judgment is selfish. The product manager may decide on purchasing products from a salesman who gives season tickets to the games; such judgment is crooked.

Wise judgment promotes integrity in the interest of all who are affected by the decision. It leaves the judge with a clear conscience.


References

Bible Hub, Bible Commentaries, Matthew 7 Copyright 2004 - 2014 by Biblos.com

© 2013 Dora Isaac Weithers

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Healthyannie 3 years ago from Spain

I agree - Judge yourself first. Beautiful hub.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

This is a very interesting hub, based upon judgement. People very often judge others. I cannot say that I have not done it also.

I wonder how many innocent people have gone to jail because they have been judged, not because of the crime, but because of differences they have from people in the jury.

Voted up.


JThomp42 3 years ago

Awesome write Ms. Dora. Voted up.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Healthyannie. We can't go wrong if we begin at the beginning. Thanks for your comment.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Michele, I've never been and hope I never will be a juror on a case for which the right judgment is not given. Still, I's like to think that the jurors try hard to do the right thing.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

JThomp, thanks for your comment and your vote. I appreciate you.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America

I agree. Voted up and shared.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Patty. I appreciate your time to read and comment.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Value systems of individuals....great point, Dora, and one that needs to be considered before judgments are leveled.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Right to Judge for Our Own Good ''Have All the Facts

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.'' - Daniel Patrick Moynihan, an interesting hub on this topic and so true words.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Billybuc, thanks for weighing in. This is an important part of the judging process, and when I learned it, I realize how unqualified I am to judge.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

DDE, I love that quote too. It is difficult to get all the facts, and if we don't have them, we can't judge.


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Just a wonderful and good hub. I imagine that most of us do not think of walking up or down stairs. We just do it. But wow there are hundreds of judgments per second when we do. It is my experience that mankind judges themselves too harshly.

Well this hub helps us to judge better. And that is a great achievement.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Eric, I love comparison. We judge just so effortlessly. Thanks for putting that in perspective.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

MsDora

I pray I never have to be a juror either.

God bless you.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Great information. Great pointers. Voted up.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Hi MsDora,

Thank you for this good, practical information. As a pastor I hear frequently (in one form or another) the "You're judging me" thing. I guess that's supposed to make me feel guilty, but thank you for pointing out just the opposite. We are to judge, just within certain parameters. Have a great night.


callienicolaysen 3 years ago

GREAT POST! Thanks for clearing that up! This is often a very misunderstood concept in the Bible. Anyone that doesn't like to be told that what they are doing is wrong often brings up that Biblical quote. We seriously need to spread the word. I was thinking of writing a similar post. :)


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

MsDora thanks for making this hub easy to follow and if I am too judge it Im judging it the best way I could.. awesome!!!!!


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Rajan, thanks for reading. Thanks for your continual support.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Pastor Lifegate, the commentary makes it clear that church discipline is in order. There are other passages also which talks about our responsibility to judge. You understand it correctly. Thanks for your comment.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Callie, you also understand it correctly. Let's help spread the word. Thanks for commenting.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Frank, thanks for your kind comment. You got the message!


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clara kish@yahoo. 3 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

Hi MsDora, I am afraid that I have been guilty of misjudging people at times, Thanks for your Hub, I t will help to remind me at times not to judge, I had better leave that to God.love, Clara


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

MsClara, thanks for reading and commenting. Just remember, if we ever have to judge to filter our judgement through the boundaries we know. God bless!


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

I am reminded of the scripture found at Matthew 7:1-6, as relates to understanding what to condemn and casting pearls before swine.

I try to be mindful, as I like to say that I need to look at the 2 X 4 in my own eye before looking at the speck of sawdust in another.

I have been summoned to jury duty at the end of the month. Weee

Voted up +++ and sharing

God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

As my popularity grew, I became more and more focused on just judging and improving me.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Faith Reaper, I think you have the right perspective. All the best with your jury duty. Thanks for your comment and vote.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

MHatter, you are very wise; that's a judgment (ha, ha). Thanks for your input.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

I just had jury duty so of course this brings that to mind and we were told to assume the man was innocent and five jurors assumed his guilt from vote one. There was no evidence, no proof; just word of mouth. Cops against defendant. I will never understand it, they had a brick mind and nothing could go through it. Maybe it was their hearts, too.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

And still we can't judge them either, Jackie. We just have to wonder like you are doing why they behave the way they did. Thanks for sharing that experience.


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Hi Ms Dora.. thank you for being so wise.. I so AGREE with you on this.. we are so quick to judge others.. and when i look at myself.. I am so ashamed then how in the world can I judge someone else.. we don't know the whole story.. love your hub.. Miss reading you been gone for a while

Gods Blessings to you

sharing Debbie


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Debbie, welcome back. Thanks for your kindness and affirmation. Looking forward to more from you.


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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada

This is actually something I have been thinking a lot about lately. Even though my judgements come without warning, I try to avoid accepting them as 'truths' unless I have all the facts first, like you said, or at least a little more information.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Relationshipc, nice meeting you here. You have the right idea. Thanks for your input.


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Michael-Milec 3 years ago

Hi MsDora.

The right to judge for our own good , needed and necessary seems more dificult than it is when hypocrites are prone to judge those of lesser situation then themselves. Great guidelines of your article ideally to achieve better results would require judges in our system capable doing their job right-(eously).

Voted up and useful. God's blessing upon you.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Michael, thanks for your input. I appreciate your comment and your vote.


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denise.w.anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

The statement at the very end - that we do not know the mental state of the other person - may have been added as an afterthought, but to me it is an area that is huge. Having dealt with the population of individuals with mental disabilities, I have come to the conclusion that our mental states may not necessarily be evident to others, however, it has a great deal to do with how we perceive the world and thus how we behave. Thank you for adding that point.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Denise, thanks for validating that the mental state of a person ought to be considered when he or she is being judged. Mental problems are much more numerous than appears.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Great pointers to judge others well. Thanks for sharing Ms Dora.


dellea 3 years ago

I took a personality test a long while ago which indicated that I'm an INTJ... Introvert, iNtuitive, Thinking, and Judging. This hub has definitely brought to light some of the flaws of my overly-judgmental personality! Thumbs up!


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Rajan, I appreciate you stopping by. Thanks for your comment.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Dellea, great that you understand your personality. Happy also that this article helps. Thank you for commenting.

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