What does the Bible say about judging?


When it comes to judging others, there are two types mentioned in the Bible. One is where a person judges in order to look down or belittle another person as if they they do not need God’s mercy (James 4:11). This is hypocritical judgement that the Bible forbids, as we are all sinners who are only saved by grace (Matthew 7:1-5). It is based on pride and self (Romans 2:1-3, 14:10).

On the other hand, there is a judging that a Christian is supposed to exercise  with careful discernment (John 7:24). This type of judging is  based on love for the other person and spiritual truth ( Ephesians 4:15-16, 1 Corinthians 2:14-15). This judgement is also a way to discern what is good behavior to follow as an example (Philippians 3:17). This judgement would also be appropriate if a believer sees another believer sinning, it is his brotherly duty to lovingly lead the sinner back to Christ (Matthew 18:15-17).

Good judgement judges the sin, not the sinner and vice versa. An example of the wrong kind of judgement may be that a person sees someone smoking, and since they don’t smoke, they judge that the smoker is a bad person. On the contrary, a righteous judgement would be that someone sees a person smoking and decides that smoking may not be the best choice but they still see the smoker as a valuable person and may pray for an opportunity and make loving efforts to help that person.

In order to take this advice or not, you will have to judge it’s truth for yourself.

“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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