Verses In The Bible About Judging Others
The Bible is a book that has been studied, edited and interpreted by people for thousands of years. The original authors had a specific message they wanted to get across, but that message can be difficult to understand with all the added layers of interpretation. Sometimes things have been changed or lost in translation over the years, which means it’s important for us as readers today to look at what scripture says about certain topics. For example: judging others!
1Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
In Romans 14:4, the Bible says, “Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? To his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.”
The word translated as “judge” in this verse is krino, which means “to decide.” The word translated as “another” is heteros and means “another of a different kind or class.” In other words, the commandment against judging others (or better stated here as deciding on behalf of others) does not apply when it comes to deciding whether someone should be condemned for sinning (i.e., transgressing God’s law). Jesus Himself said that if you claim to love Him yet do not keep His commandments, then you are a liar and do not truly love Him!
This Scripture passage therefore gives us permission to judge those who break God’s Word without fear of being guilty of breaking His commandment against judging others. It does not allow us however permission to judge our fellow believers by their attitudes or thoughts; these are between them and God alone!
“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. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbour?”
The Bible teaches us not to judge others. This is because judging others shows a lack of love and kindness, as well as respect for the person being judged. In John 8:15-16, Jesus says:
“You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is valid, for it is not I alone who judge but I and he who sent me.”
“Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother or 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.” – James 4:11-12
It is not our place to judge others. The Lord has given people free will, and each person must choose their own path in life. We should never forget that God created us all with unique personalities and gifts; we must respect those differences instead of judging them as inferior or superior. Everyone has their own journey through life that we cannot possibly understand unless we walk in their shoes ourselves.
1 Corinthians 5:9-13
It is said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. This means that even if you are trying to do something good, if your actions cause unintended negative consequences, then it was not really a good thing in the first place. We see this dynamic play out all throughout the Bible and especially here in 1 Corinthians 5:9-13. The Corinthians were judging others for living immoral lives and Paul had to remind them of how important it was for them to be careful about judging other people because we never know what is going on in their personal lives or what kind of struggles they may be dealing with. This passage teaches us that we should always try our best not to judge people who seem like bad people just because they might have some issues going on that we don’t know about yet!
1 Corinthians 2:14-15
1 Corinthians 2:14-15 says,
“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Therefore, I judge that we do not have any authority over what people do or say to us. The Lord will judge those who hurt or insult us.
Don’t judge others
Don’t judge yourself
Don’t judge others’ motives
Don’t judge others’ actions
Do Not Judge Others!
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged. And with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is a log in your own eye? You hypocrite! First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Do not give what is holy to dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine; lest they trample them under their feet and turn again and rend you.” Matthew 7:1-6 (ESV)
We should also avoid judging others based on appearance or past mistakes: “I tell my friends who are single that people may think they’re judging them because they’re still looking for Mr/Miss Right after 30 years old; but if we really knew what our friends went through for years just waiting for someone special then we wouldn’t have any reason left to judge them anymore.” – Unknown
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