Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. (Matthew 7:1-2)
Why are we told not to judge? It is so we ourselves will not be judged. For whatever we judge another person with that same standard is going to be applied to us as well. Are we able to pass that test? If we tell someone “don’t” are we ourselves doing that very thing?
Jesus goes on to ask, “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” (Matthew 7:3)
That’s a good question. Why are we fussing at the twig in someone else’s eye when we have a beam in our own eye?
Jesus then teaches us all a very important lesson when he said, “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 7:5)
This is a teachable moment. Jesus is saying to us figure out how to solve your own problem then and only then will you be qualified to solve your brother’s problem. Experience matters.
When we judge someone we are singling them out for some reason we deem necessary. The carnal mind singles people out because they are different or an easy target for ridicule. The saintly mind only ever has one motivation for singling someone out and that is to uplift and edify his fellow brother. If someone has a problem and you can help them then do it. But if someone has a problem and you have the same one except greater then there is little you can do to help them with one exception. Both of you need to recognize the situation and then both of you need to seek out qualified help.
“Judge not” is not an absolute statement. It has a qualifier attached to it. If you are qualified to judge a brother then it is your duty to do so. If not either be quiet or the both of you get the help that is needed.
“Judge Not” Has a Qualifier Attached To It