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On Judging Others

Updated on June 1, 2011

On Judging Others

“ If anyone of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her. “

John 8:7b

A woman was caught in an adultery by the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees. They made her stand before the group and told Jesus that she was supposed to be stoned to death.

Sometimes, we are quick to judge people when we saw some failures or weaknesses in their lives. Some people are harsh against other people’s failures. The truth no one among us has the right to judge because we are not perfect.

Judging is an evident act of people who think highly of themselves morally in other words it is a sign of self-righteousness. Religious people as the Pharisees are self-righteous people. That’s why they were quick to judge.

But Jesus says, “ I desire mercy, than sacrifice.” Pharisees are very religious people who offer sacrifices to God faithfully but they lack kindness. They were not merciful. They were harsh, they were quick to judge other people’s failures.

As Christians pursuing christlikeness, we are to be merciful as Christ is, who treated the adulterous woman with great consideration. According to the immortal classic, “The Immitation of Christ,” by Thomas Kempis, when judging others our efforts are totally in vain. Because we are not as all knowing as God is, so we cannot really know the heart of another nor do we know God’s plans to work in that person’s life, possibly even using their weakness or sin to break them and turn them to himself. We judge foolishly bacause we do not see the end of God’s dealings yet. God is not yet finished with that person we are judging. In our limited judgement, we write off someone as “useless”, “lazy”, “stubborn”,”evil” “beyond hope.” And so we close ourselves from being vessels of God’s grace. and mercy to that certain person.

We are to be vessels of God’s grace to weak people rather than rod of judgement. We conquer evil with goodness not evil with evil. We have to consider always that God has been longsuffering in dealing with our weaknesses. In the absence of God’s merciful dealing with us, we would never have become a better person today.


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      tony0724 8 years ago from san diego calif

      Christina ,this Is a nice sentiment however show me a person who says they don,t judge others and I will show you a liar ! Maybe more so here In the US people are all about status and materialism . And now all of us are taking a big bite of humble pie. It Is human nature for us to measure one another against each other . We are human and cannot help It. Because the truth Is  we all like to feel a little superior to our neighbor. And I will be the first to admit to this character flaw . We may as well be honest about this. Ultimately I have one judge,and I believe we are coming up on Judgement Day alot sooner then we might want . I do believe there Is a god ,and I do believe I will be held accountable ,I just hope I am deemed worthy !

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      C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

      I am not concerned with blunders, it is the alcoholism and other sickness that people refuse to get help for. Is patience suppose to endure their abuse? Seems I pray til I am blue in the face.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 8 years ago from Manila

      To CS Alexis and fired45:

      We have to be very patient. Just be reminded how many times the Lord forgave you for all the blunders you made. We have to pray hard for those people causing us pain.

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      Frank 8 years ago from Montana

      It is very painful to have your friends and family keep making the same mistakes over and over.My thoughts are they usually end up on the wrong side of the street and try too take advantage of others well being..

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      C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

      This is right on but, it is sometimes very painful to watch people you love and care about keep making the same mistakes over and over. When they make the choice to do things that are harmful to themselves and to those who love them how do you help but make judgements?

      Personally I can only take so much of watching people who routinely blunder through life and often take advantage of those who are caring and thoughtful. I just do not know how to deal with it.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 8 years ago from Manila

      Thank you also laringo for taking time to read this hub.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 8 years ago from Manila

      Thank you once again dear brother for visiting this hub and for those kind remarks.

      Yes I agrre with your Pastor in Bible college that you will always find the truth somewhere in the middle. I am glad now that you find your copy of the great piece "Immitation of Christ". You will surely edified by this literature. Have a great day.

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      Eddie Perkins 8 years ago


      First, thank you for writing on hub pages.  Your writings are always refreshing for me.

      Next, I found “The imitation of Christ” on my PC Study Bible and book marked it so I can begin reading it.

      Like many subjects, judgment is always a difficult one.  While in Bible College I asked my pastor about a subject that was being debated and I will never forget what he said.  He said; Eddie there are always two extremes, you will usually find the truth somewhere in the middle, God is a God of balance.

      I’ve found that people who always want to judge come across as proud and self-righteous. 

      Generally, understanding, gentle and forgiving does not seem to be a part of their makeup. These are traits that always seem to be part of what you write and who you are. 

      May I say that is attractive to me?  I love to read that which lifts me up and gives me wings.Thank you ~ eddie

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      I couldn't agree with you more on the judging and condemnation of one human being to another. My belief has always been and I just think it's part of my being, not to talk about or judge someone else. None of us no what's going on in other people's lives and of course none of us are perfect. I know the world would be a much better place without it. Sadly to say, this will never happen.