As You Judge, You Will Be Judged
The best example on the case of judging others would be the incident of the adulteress whom a pack of hypocrites dragged to Jesus for Him to judge. They were about to stone her. When Jesus gave the permission for any one of them without sin to stone her, The people left, starting with the oldest. Nobody stoned her, and Jesus forgave her.
In Matthew 7:1-5 the bible states, “‘Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbour’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbour, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye’, while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbour’s eye.”
In Matthew 7:6 it further states, “Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you.”
What do all these mean? He means for us to discern someone’s willingness to listen to the truth. Not being judgmental doesn’t mean you can’t be discerning, nor you can’t say it is right to do one thing and wrong to do another.
Being judgmental has something to do with our judgment of people’s thoughts and motives. Usually when we like a person, no matter what things they have done wrong, we tend to justify their actions saying they had a good reason for it or something. But if the people we don’t like has done something wrong, we are quick to make negative comments and ridicule them. This is being judgmental.
As for the “log in our own eyes“, we ourselves have difficulty judging our own motives. So what gives us the right to be judgmental to others when aside from our inability to judge our own motives, we are also clouded by our emotions toward the other people?
From what Jesus teaches, there are three things to consider for one to be non-judgmental:
1. Don’t say one thing and do another, just like a hypocrite
2. Judge yourself rightly and be willing to make changes to show that you have integrity
3. Give to others the same kind of understanding, grace and forgiveness that God has given you. Show them mercy.
Let us pray to the Lord that He helps us reject hypocrisy, and instead, help us gain integrity and show mercy.