Judge Not

“Do not judge, or you will be judged.”

(Matthew 7:1)

People who claim to follow Jesus are often judgmental. If we are, then we’re not really following Jesus. Instead, we’re just using Jesus as a platform to act superior to others.

This is not right.

The Bible makes clear that we all have sinned and fall short of God’s perfect and righteous purpose. No one among us is better than any other in this regard.

If we look at our fellow humans and compare their sin to our own, then we aren’t seeking to fulfill God’s will — we’re judging. We are acting out of ego and pride, by trying to justify ourselves based on the failures of others.

Jesus taught that we must correct our own sins and get ourselves right with God. It is a difficult challenge, to be sure, but there is no amount of criticism or admonishment we can heap on someone else that will draw them closer to God. We must lead by example.

If we can’t get in control of our own angry thoughts, harsh criticisms and selfish desires, then how are we possibly qualified to judge?

We’re not.

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