We’ve all heard it, and many of us have probably used it at one time or another.
Really? Do you know the full passage of that scripture?
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’, and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, AND THEN you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
This passage clearly says that a person, after turning from his/her sin, can help others–by showing them the error of their ways, as to bring repentance. However, we cannot judge the heart, that’s God’s job.
We must be careful in how we approach it as well. Many forget and use a critical tone and point fingers forgetting that they, too, have sinned.
Jesus is our example. Jesus loves everyone. We should be walking in his footsteps–walk in love.
Do you realize how many [more] souls could be won for the Kingdom, if people were more compassionate and loving? It’s OK to want to help people, but we must do so in love.
“It has been said that the most frequently quoted Bible verse is no longer John 3:16 but Matthew 7:1: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” We cannot glibly quote this, though, without understanding what Jesus meant. When Jesus condemned judging, he wasn’t at all implying we should never make judgments about anyone. After all, a few verses later, Jesus himself calls certain people “pigs” and “dogs” (Matt 7:6) and “wolves in sheep’s clothing” (7:15). … What Jesus condemns is a critical and judgmental spirit, an unholy sense of superiority. Jesus commanded us to examine ourselves first for the problems we so easily see in others. Only then can we help remove the speck in another’s eye – which, incidentally, assumes that a problem exists and must be confronted.”