““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.” Matthew 7:1-2 NKJV Perhaps the most well known Scripture now a days. However, you are allowed to judge with righteous judgment. You are allowed to judge a tree by its fruit. So you can look at my life and judge my marriage and if I respect my husband- this is fruit. You are allowed to look at my children and “judge” my parenting- they are my fruit. You are allowed to look at our church and judge the fruit of our ministry- whether or not our people reject sin, how they love people, how much they obey God’s Word- this is fruit. This is righteous judgment. But there’s an unrighteous judgment.
You are not allowed to judge the thoughts and intents of the heart. It doesn’t matter how you see things, you are not allowed to judge another’s motives. This is unrighteous judgment. You are not allowed to judge based on one side of the story- you must have ALL sides in order to make a judgment and sometimes there’s multiple sides. Hence, Job’s friends cast unrighteous judgment because by all appearances Job was in sin, but they did know the whole story. Again, unrighteous judgment. Therefore, when you cast forth unrighteous judgment, you fall under God’s judgment.
Here’s a simple reminder, if you do not know the whole story, all sides, and the intents of another’s heart; well then you should keep your thoughts to yourself and your mouth shut lest you bring His judgment upon yourself. #runyourrace
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