"Judge Not"— the True Bible Meaning

Judge not

The phrase "judge not" is used often. Even while a preacher preaches or a correction is given, sometimes the reply received is, "judge not". It has it origin from the statement of Christ in Matthew 7:1, “judge not that yet not be judge”. 


The book of James gave a clear description of what it means to judge someone, "Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law..." — James 4:11. 

Judging a neighbour means to speak evil of the person. This usually happens when there is a quarrel between both parties and in anger, one condemns or criticize the other to tell him his fault. This action does not do any good to the person, neither does it do good to the person criticizing nor bring any glory to God. The aim is just to shame the individual.

Before criticizing someone confirm in your heart your true intension if it's for good and for the glory of God or you may prepare your judgement on the last day to be stiffer than anyone else (Matthew 7:2). 

Most times the person judging or speaking evil of another person may be worse in his lifestyle than his neighbour and does worse than what's he is condemning in the other person, "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?"— Matthew 7:4. Such the Bible says are hypocrites.

Anyone judging or deliberately condemning  his neighbour James 4:11 says speaks evil of the law and judge the law. This means he lives contrary and brings reproach to the law of Christ, which is the law of love to love his neighbour (Matthew 22:39).

Anyone who lives contrary to the law of God or breaks any of his law is in danger of hell and he will face a very stiff judgment on the day of az reckoning,  “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged...” — Matthew 7:2.

The good news is that the scriptures gave a guild on how to give correction without judging, “... if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted” — Galatians 6:1.

Correction should be done in the spirit of meekness with you having a true burden in heart not to see your neighbour fall into error. Having the sole desire to disgrace the person is judgment and will attract tough judgment on the last day. Everything should be done in the spirit of meekness.

Judging can also be done to a neighbour when the person is not present. This is slander and is done during gossiping. God abhors gossiping, and those involved will not go unpunished. In written form also, it is called libel.

While judging another, do we also bear in mind the final judgment that awaits us all when Christ returns? Are you prepared? (Revelation 20:12). 

If we fail to repent of judging another we will be condemned on the last day. Repent now and give your life to Christ.
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