Be Careful about Judging Others

By Karen

Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. —Matthew 7:1-5

Everyday we are being judged and we are judging others—on physical appearance, action, etc. It’s not uncommon to feel that you are judged on whether you are fat or thin, smart or stupid, and in the things you do or not do.

Admit it, it is human nature that our eyes are instantly drawn to something that runs contrary to our own standards, and we tend to make a judgment based on our own benchmark. Hence, it is important that we bear in mind the words of Jesus recorded for us in Matthew 7:1-5.

It’s easy to see other people’s fault, and not our own. But the truth is: We are all flawed. We are all sinners. We aren’t perfect. There will always be specks in our lives. However, by God’s grace, we can be forgiven and He is at work in our lives—as well as in the lives of fellow believers—to make us more and more like Christ. We are work in progress.

Let us always remember that the perfect and ultimate judge is God. Hence, we must be careful about judging others. We don’t know the other person’s journey; we don’t even know their whole story. So, do a little self-assessment first before seeking to help someone correct his or her flaws.

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