Even non-Christians like reciting "Judge not!"
But there are 4 times to judge:
1. Personal examination:
"Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves" (2 Corinthians 13:5).
2. Helping deceived Christians:
"If someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently." (Galatians 6:1)
3. Judging false teachers:
"Watch out for false prophets ... A good tree cannot bear bad fruit...Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them" (Matthew 7:15-20).
4. Exposing evil:
"Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them" (Ephesians 5:8-17).
Let's avoid hypocritical judgment, but embrace Biblical judgment which gives us discernment, protects us from error and qualifies us to help others.
1. "Judge not" is found in Matthew 7, but that is only part of the message it contains. What is the full meaning of the passage? What type of judging is prohibited? What qualifies a person to judge others?
Matthew 7:1-5: 7 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
2. How can we judge sin accurately?
2 Timothy 2:16-17: 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
3. What added cautions does Galatians 6:1-10 give us?
Galatians 6:1-10: Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. 6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
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