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Who am I to judge another, when I walk imperfectly?

Updated on April 20, 2016
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If we want to live free from distraction and be able to enjoy a more peaceful life, then we need to refrain from judging others. Furthermore, each and every one of us should stop gossip and criticism because whenever someone – anyone – criticize they are making a judgment that involves others that will make them feel ashamed, or guilty because of being judged. We should not attempt to judge other’s faults while trying to conceal our own faults. President Monson said, “Refrain from judging others. ... Gossip or criticism, are certainly akin to judgment.”

Everyone wants to feel loved, accepted, and to be treated with respect. No one deserves to feel bad about themselves or feel inferior to others. People want to be valued and have a feeling of usefulness. When we make a judgment against other, we give them a sense of dissatisfaction that is not supportive. The admonition “Judge not” are often used to speak up against wrong doing and People often use Jesus’ words “Judge not”, but they do not always fully consider what He is saying about judging. Jesus’ teachings still have the same balanced today that was meant thousands of years ago.

I have studied the passages from the King James Version (KJV) to interpret and to get a full understanding of the bible on the topic ‘Who Am I to Judge’ to get a more powerful idea of Jesus’ words “Passing Judgment.” The Bible will give us a proper understanding of the teachings, sharing Jesus’ commands regarding judgment using convincing Bible verses related to the phrase ‘Who Am I to Judge.' We will be discussing the following: Should we judge others, why are we to judge, what guidance Jesus gave us in judging others, and why do we judge others.

Should we judge others? The Bible has commanded us, "Do not judge" Read: (Matthew 7:1). Judge not, that ye be not judged. However, did it really mean we should never judge others? Let’s take a look at several Scriptures that will shed light on whether we should judge others. The Bible will give us a proper understanding of the teachings using some convincing Bible verses related to the phrase ‘Who Am I to Judge.' Some scriptures command us not to judge while others teach us how we should judge.

Read: Romans 14:4 “Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? To his own master, he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be Holden up: for God can make him stand”. It is clear through this scripture that Paul taught Christians in Rome not to judge one another. Now let us compare this with 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 “For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? Do not ye judge them that are within? However, them that are without God judgeth. Therefore, put away from among yourselves that wicked person”. In these scriptures, Paul taught that it was all right to judge people who are unbelievers and to gently restore those who go astray.

Now to answer the question: Did the Bible really mean we should never judge others? – I would like to begin by saying issues become involved whenever someone judge another. Also, it is most likely that Christians must never judge others because if we wrongfully judge another, the way the Pharisees did, Jesus would be displeased. We must remember that if we hypocritically judge others as though we are beyond judgment like the Pharisees did on the Judgment day; we would be judged with the same severity.

The key to understanding judging is that there are two kinds of judging

1. Final judgments: This judgment is the one we are forbidden to make against others.

2. Intermediate judgments: This judgment is the one we can make against others but with righteous principles.

What guidance did Jesus give us in judging other?

Jesus gave us a warning to guide us in our judgment of others: Read Matthew 7: 2 “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. “This Scripture sheds light on the fact - it is not that act of judging, but God is more concerned about the attitude with which the way we judge others. We all will be judged the same way we attempt to judge others.

Read: Matthew 5:20 “For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” In this scripture, Jesus cautions his disciples not to follow customs and the practices of the Pharisees. The Pharisees tried others as if they were beyond judgment and carried themselves as if they were God.

What are decisions we have to make in our lives that consist of making intermediate judgments?

Read: Revelation 20:12: This scripture share that we will be judged according to our work. Sometimes in life, we are required to do the same thing. Today we need to make judgments of people according to their work to make a significant decision in our everyday life. Judgment such as voting for government leaders, selecting an eternal companion or choosing your friends wisely.

2 Chronicles 19:6 “Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.” When making a judgment, it requires significant attention, especially when you make judgments concerning other people. Let’s keep in mind only God knows every person’s heart and judgments must be guided by ethical standards. Only God is qualified to make final judgments about people.

Judging others unrighteous hurt, them

Read John 7:24: Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment. The saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Is very mistaken! Words can do much damage, and they have a way of destroying a reputation, changing a relationship, and can alter the course of life.

When should we judge one another?

Read: 1 Corinthians 4:5: Therefore, judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time, each will receive their praise from God. Now, should Christians judge one another? According to the Bible, the act of judging righteously is a benefit to the Christian community. Some judge another because they feel they have a strong opinion, a high skill definer and they are able to evaluate another, but does that give one a right to judge?

From John: 7: 24: Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” Meaning Christians can righteously judge when someone is putting their soul at risk. Read: John 8:7 (KJV) If Jesus were the person asked to judge those whom we accuse He would say to us, “He that is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

How do we judge others?

Malcom Forbes said, “You can easily judge the character of others by how well they treat those who do nothing to them or for them.” It would be great to be able to say I do not judge others. However, why fool ourselves, how much time do we spend judging others? The time spent judging other are countless. We judge others in numerous ways, but the main three ways are through their action, their appearance, and their words.

Avoid being judgmental

Walt Whitman said, “Be curious, not judgmental.” Whether we take the time to think about it or not, we all are judgmental to some degree. Some may even consider it as human nature. However, even if it is found to be true as a part of human nature, it is not useful to us as human at all. If we take the time to think about the impact judgment has in a person’s life, we will avoid being judgmental.

Let’s think about why it is important to avoid being judgmental. We see a person we do not know and based on their looks if we do not approve we pass judgment. Moreover, let’s consider how you would feel if that were you and another person was judging. That reason alone is enough why we should avoid being judgmental.

Most of us judge others and don’t realize that what we are really doing. Whether we know it or not judgment is something we are taught from birth. Sri Chinmoy said, “Judge nothing, you will be happy. Forgive everything, you will be happier. Love everything, you will be happiest.” Thou are words that should be taken to heart, although most of us consider judging standard without thinking of the consequences that come along.

Judging others is something that we all should strive to overcome by reducing the judgmental behaviors. We can turn passing judgment into a valuable lesson and a gift as a result of taking the time to take a look into the mirror when we think of judging others. When we take a look in the mirror, we are making sure, we do not have the same reflection of the person we are judging. Also, we are working on our own reflection as that will assist us to avoid being judgmental plus that will make the person you are attempting to judge a teacher and a wonderful blessing to you so —there’d be nothing to judge.

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