Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
Can a person do as they please without being judged by other Christians? No. Elsewhere in the Bible Paul judges false teachers. Yet it doesn’t mean we judge self-righteously or hypocritically, but in a consistently biblical manner. Plus, the verses that follow clarify that judgment begins with one’s self.
1. What do you think of Matthew 7:1 and judging?
2. Now, go back and read the entire passage in context. What have you learned? See Matthew 7 for context.
3. Do you agree or disagree with the comment from reasons.org?
1.) I think we should not judge anything God created, except self. If we do, we judge God's purpose in his creations. In self-judgment, reflection, and correction we seek our own purpose which is God's Will for us.
2.) If we Judge(with our mouth) we push aside God's righteous judgment for our own self-righteous Judgment ... we have become a fool and will stand self-condemned by our own mouth.
3.) I disagree with the comments, and look to Jesus words and actions to clarify. " Out of your own mouth I will Judge you, you wicked servant " Luke 19:22 " As I hear, I judge: and My Judgment is righteous, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the Father who sent me " John 5:30 " consistently biblical manner "?? if this means you know with certainty its God's will for you to Judge, I'll buy it. Otherwise I think its best to do as Jesus said and not Judge.
It seems to me Jesus gave us the best examples of how to handle ourselves concerning Judgment. 1.) Control your tongue -- keep Judgment of others contained within 2.) If you seek to help another, speak it as a Question, so that they may self - reflect .. and you have avoided Judging 3.) Seek always the lessons to be Learned, for we are told to even Love our enemies.
Judgments come in the form of statements, and most of the times Jesus spoke statements ... vipers, brood of vipers, white washed tomb stones ect. they where directed at the Teachers/ Preachers of the day............... I believe his words are prophetic and is the case today, and also the reason we are warned that few should strive to Teach, for their judgment will be the harshest.
We should rebuke sin, Love the sinner, Love our enemies..... for we don't know what God has prepared for anyone's future(including our own) Consider Stephen, ask that the sin of killing him be forgiven. Saul/ Paul was one that witnessed this...many early Christians had to overcome their Judgment of Saul/ Paul. The man Paul was sent to for sight, contended a little but, did as God ask of him...... prayed over his enemy(who given time would become a great ally).
Edited by bfloydo, 27 October 2013 - 07:29 PM.