Nuggets – Judge! Me?


Yes, as a child of God you have to judge if the Holy Spirit leads you,  else you will never be able to uphold the requirements of the Lord against sin in self and the community.

When you see somebody doing wrong, do you bury your head or walk off, when you know by the Holy Spirit’s prompting that you should go ahead to help the poor brother or sister stop injuring themselves so that he or she does not persist in wrong-doing leading to bankruptcy or even suicide?

The prophets in the Old Testament were judges. Many Christians hide behind the words of Matthew 7:1-6 and accept and erroneously live lives below the standards of the Word of God because they believe they cannot judge.

1. Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Mk. 4.24
3  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
6  ¶ Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

I was thinking about this passage,  for as Christians we have to judge whether some activity is according to the Word of God or not. This main thought here is do not be a hypocrite. Do not judge if you do not live it. However,  the Word of God behoves us to be more and more like Jesus.  The caveat for judging others is, we must not be hypocrites – that means we must not be caught contravening the Word of

the word of God

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God and then condemning others for contravening it. For example the woman who was caught in adultery – those who lived in adultery would be hypocrites if they judged her and not themselves first.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

We must judge ourselves, and judge of our own acts, but not make our word a law to everybody. We must not judge rashly, nor pass judgment upon our brother without any ground. We must not make the worst of people. Here is a just reproof to those who quarrel with their brethren for small faults, while they allow themselves in greater ones. Some sins are as motes, while others are as beams; some as a gnat, others as a camel. Not that there is any sin little; if it be a mote, or splinter, it is in the eye; if a gnat, it is in the throat; both are painful and dangerous, and we cannot be easy or well till they are got out. That which charity teaches us to call but a splinter in our brother’s eye, true repentance and godly sorrow will teach us to call a beam in our own. It is as strange that a man can be in a sinful, miserable condition, and not be aware of it, as that a man should have a beam in his eye, and not consider it; but the god of this world blinds their minds. Here is a good rule for reprovers; first reform thyself.

This is the very most difficult aspect in the community of saints. Should we allow sins defined by the word of God to continue when we know it is against God’s word? There is no question there should be discernment and in the resolution of judgement, there should be propriety. However, there is a line beyond which a spade should be called a spade and this is where most would not want to be the  the bearer of bad news to the one being judged lest the same judgement becomes a boomerang.

Should a Christian judge? Yes in humility and only consistent with the Word of God, if he himself is not guilty of the sin being judged against another.

This is not to say the man of God is perfect or any of the leaders are perfect. The person who is judging should not be caught in the same sin lest he be proved a hypocrite. That is when we MUST not judge.

We must judge ourselves first and then only are we qualified to judge others. May the Lord help us to improve ourselves with His help and help others become better even if it involves judging them as led by the Holy Spirit.

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10 Responses to Nuggets – Judge! Me?

  1. There is such a difference also in the first part of Matthew 7 compared to the last half of Matthew 7. This is also where study and meditation has to come in. So many people take so many Scriptures out of context and mainly because they are willing to let the Pastors and teacher do all the work for them.
    I love your breakdown for it is so true. We are NOT to judge in the sense of condemning or condemnation because we do not see a person’s heart, despite what we think we see. Man looks at the outside, but God looks at the heart. God is the final judge and if we presume to judge in His place, our judgment of others can be the judgment of our eternal undoing. Besides, when we judge others in a condemning ways as if sentencing them, we are not showing the Love that God commands us to show, love that demands a gracious heart, a merciful heart, a forgiving heart. God WILL judge (sentence) us all in the end.
    Now, on the other hand, the latter part of Matthew 7 does instruct us to judge but not in a sentencing or condemning way, but rather as a test, to see the truthfulness of a person’s motives, their character. This sometimes is also called discernment, which is a gift of the Holy Spirit and it is used to protect the Church (not the brick and mortar necessarily), the Body of Christ as a whole.
    When there are those of the enemy of our souls who would deceive and manipulate we HAVE to judge their actions and yes even their speech.
    Matthew 12:34, “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
    Luke 6:45, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
    I have served the Lord for a little over four decades and I have learned that if you listen to someone for just a little while, you will be able to tell what it is they love most. Believe me, this is a truth, not some mystical gift.
    The best way to tell a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” is to listen and to watch. With this in mind, we need to also remember what ties these Scriptures back to the beginning:
    Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
    22 “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
    23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
    You see, again, our Lord will be the ULTIMATE judge. He will sentence or condemn to darkness those who “talk the talk” but don’t “walk the walk” or in other words, those who refused a RELATIONSHIP with our Redeemer! They may say they are Christians, but they don’t truly KNOW Christ, the Anointed One and that is where the Law – lessness comes in!
    So, we don’t sentence and condemn, but as the Apostle John stated, we “test” the spirit to see from which it comes! That is the other form of judgment and that is the one that protects the Body of Christ.
    I thoroughly enjoyed your exposition as it is hard at times to find those that can differentiate the difference!!! God bless ALL of you who inspire and instruct!

  2. rickroehm says:

    In the New Testament “God said” that saints have a right to judge. There is liberty for the child of God to judge matters that pertain to this life. 1 Cor. 6:2-3…Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

  3. granbee says:

    Matthew Henry has the right of it, in my prayerful opinion. We are to DISCERN,through the power of the Holy Spirit, not JUDGE. Discretion and wisdom exercised, not judgment.

    • ptl2010 says:

      It is the definition of judge which causes problems

      1. To form an opinion or estimation of after careful consideration: we do this all the time and it is worthless if if does not spur us to positive action which is to adopt the worldly view – it is none of my business.

      2. Law To hear and decide on in a court of law; try: judge a case. – we are by no means appointed in courts of law .

      In the social context it is now said to be Obsolete To pass sentence on; condemn.

  4. I think, too, that when we judge, we are not to look at those that we are judging as below us – as if we are better than they. All sin is equal in God’s eyes, so just because we may not be doing what the other person is, that does not make us better – there is still sin in us also. We must not see ourselves as superior, because we are not.

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