When preaching against sin, what are some scriptural guidelines on judging others?

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About judging, Jesus said, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24). Judging can only be done by following the guidelines that God has established in His Word:

A-Judge by the scriptures: “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20). The standard of judgement is God’s word, not feelings, traditions, or opinions.

B-Don’t judge when God’s Word is silent: If God’s word is silent about a subject, then don’t judge at all.

C-Pray for good judgment: When Solomon received his kingdom, he asked God “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people” (I Kings 3:9).  And the Lord promises “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5).

D-Don’t respect persons: “These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment” (Proverbs 24:23). A truly fair judge is blind and deaf to any outer influence (Isaiah 42:1, 19-21).

E-Judge in truth: “Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it” (Jeremiah 5:1). Do not judge another when you do not have all the facts.

F-Judge with love and mercifully: “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again” (Matthew 7:2). You’ll reap what you sow (Gal. 6:7-8).

G-Judge yourself first before judging others: “Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:4-5).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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