Do Not Judge Others
Or You Will Be Judged
by J.M. Troppello
11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another? (James 4:11-12, NKJV)
My husband and I were having a conversation the other day about not judging other people. We had to remind ourselves of our rule to share with each other when we get mad or offended about things other people do to us. However, we try to only discuss these things within a 24-hour period. We don’t want to dwell on those negative feelings because that only gives power to more negativity and bitterness.
I’ve written about our rule before. However, we needed to remind each other of that rule again this weekend because some things happened to us that weren’t very nice, but we didn’t want to fall into the trap of allowing those actions of others to live rent-free in our heads.
In Matthew 7:1, believers are advised that we are not to judge others.
“Judge not, that you be not judged.” (Matt. 7:1, NKJV)
God is the judge. We are not the judge of others. The Thomas Nelson Study Bible shares some other reference verses where God will “take vengeance on those who practice evil” (Rom. 12:9 and Heb. 10:30).
In Hebrews 10:30, we read that God has said that “Vengeance is Mine, and I will repay…The Lord will judge His people.”
I love how in Romans 12:9, believers are told that love should be without hypocrisy. I know I am guilty many times in being a hypocrite in how I interact with some people as compared to other people. We are further encouraged to “abhor what is evil” and to “cling to what is good.”
That’s definitely a good reminder for me today!
The Bible does share about judging as corporate discipline in the church. You can read more about that in Matthew 18:15-20 and I Cor. 6:2-5.
If you easily fall prey to judging other believers and those in this world, take some time to read over the scriptures mentioned here. Also, remember that the Bible has the salvation message in it. However, the majority of the messages in the Bible are written for the believer.
That means that you shouldn’t judge those in the world according to the same guidelines as outlined in the Bible. The unsaved haven’t accepted Jesus as Savior. You can’t call out their sin. That’s never going to be a good witness to them. It’s also not a good example – or not a way to cultivate peace – to continually judge your brothers and sisters in Christ.
There are two scriptures I love that show that we should pursue peace with others.
“Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.” (Romans 14:19, NKJV)
Life is better when we work towards edifying others.
“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14, NKJV)
The main takeaway for me in reading these Scriptures is a reminder that I should not be judging others. Sure, I should speak up and share the truth in love. However, that can be difficult sometimes – especially if you’ve been hurt by someone. Yet, through the power of the Holy Spirit working in me, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil 4:13), and love unlovable people – both saved and unsaved.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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