Judge not, that you be not judged. Matthew 7:1
Just recently, I found myself unfairly determining evil intent upon the heart of an individual. I was totally wrong in doing that, because I did not have all of the facts. Many times we make determinations regarding matters that we do not have all of the information needed to make a proper judgment about a situation. We tend to look at the situation on the surface and think in our own minds that we are justified in condemning someone based upon our self-righteousness.
When Jesus said, “Judge not that you be not judged,” He was stating that we do not have the right to judge anyone with a self-righteous condemnation by not having all of the facts. When we step across that line and make a determination without knowing the situation we will reap the same type of judgment from others.
Now, let me make this perfectly clear, the Bible does not prohibit all types of judgments; if we look at the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:16-17, we see that Jesus tells the believer to “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.” “You will know them by their fruits.” Jesus was basing this on the fact that when you and I know what the truth is, we are able to make the determination when some is wrong. Therefore, you and I can make a proper judgment about a situation because God’s Word reveals what the standard is to be, and as long as we are lining up with the Word of God we are okay. However, let me caution you, even when we are lining up with the Word of God, we must have the right attitude when we are expressing the fault of the individual.
We must never judge someone based upon what someone has told us about someone else. Let me explain, I have had others come to me and tell me that a particular person was like this or like that, and when I had time to spend with the individual; I found out for myself that what I was told, was not true at all. Therefore, that spoke volumes to me about the busybodies that would slander others. I have found that those who are so quick to rush to judgment about someone, show their true colors when someone has rushed to judgment on them.
We must learn not to be so quick to listen to someone’s prejudice about a person or situation and go along with what that person thought about others. I was thinking that on some days I am not at my best, that is, I may not be feeling well, or I may be sad about something; you might come across my path, and I may not react the way you think I should. Don’t rush to judgment; take some time to find out the facts. We must learn to be careful not to make wrong judgments.
Your servant in Christ,