What “Judge Not” Means

Judge not

The phrase "judge not" is used often, even as a response to good counsel
. It has its origin from the statement of Christ, in Matthew 7:1, “judge not that ye not be judge”. 

The book of James describes 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 someone means to speak evil against the person. This usually happens when there is a misunderstanding, and in anger, one condemns or criticizes the other to tell his fault. This action does no good to the person, neither does it do good to the person criticizing, nor bring any glory to God. The aim is just to embarrass the individual.

Before criticizing someone, ensure your intention is for good, and it brings the glory of God.

Sometimes the person judging or speaking evil of another person may be worse. He criticizes what he is guilty of, "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 someone speaks evil of the law (James 4:11). This means he lives contrary to the law of Christ and brings reproach to it. Anyone who lives contrary to the law of God is in danger of hell and he will face judgment, “For with what judgment ye judge ye shall be judged...” — Matthew 7:2.

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. Having the sole desire to disgrace the perso, is judgment, and will attract tough judgment on the last day. 

Judging is done even when the person is not present. This is slander through gossiping. God hates gossiping, and those involved will not go unpunished. In a written form also, it is called libel.
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