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To Judge or Not To Judge?

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Ever ponder the phrase, “don’t judge me?”  In one breath this protest against human opinion is based on another human opinion.  Opinions formed by assumptions are an ugly human trait, but that doesn’t mean all judgement is bad.

Bad judgement doesn’t know how to discern between good and bad, it uses non-objective assumptions, fluctuating feelings and hearsay to form opinions.

It is Just Judgement that knows how to discern between good and bad, it asks objective questions, it’s impartial and equitable while searching out the facts.

To be without Judgement is called, “double minded,” meaning divided, two faced, not hot or cold, unstable, wavering and undecided.  Without judgement we are unable to be decisive, discerning, shrewd and prudent.

“He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” James 1:8

I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other. Revelation 3:15

I hate, (turn against) those who are double-minded, But I love Your law (Torah). Psalm 119:113

Judgement is necessary and it’s good when it has Wisdom, Knowledge and Discernment/Understanding in the balance.  Colossians 1:9

When Not to Judge

Do not judge, or you will be judged...Matthew 7:1-5

According to Matthew 7:2, we will all be judged justly, exactly the way we judged others.  Verse 5 gives a specific warning that hypocrites are not to judge.

You hypocrite! First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.Matthew 7:5

A hypocrite being the person who passes judgement on others while pretending they don’t do the same things;

You therefore have no excuse, you who pass judgment on another. For on whatever grounds you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.Romans 2:1

When to Judge

Now if we judged ourselves properly, we would not come under judgment. 1 Corinthians 11:31

Self-judgment is the form of prayer King David modeled:  

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting Way.” Psalm 139:23; Psalm 26:2

His son, King Solomon, also showed us that God gives us Wisdom and Knowledge to Judge Justly when we ask:

“So give Your servant an understanding (hearing) heart to judge Your people to discern between good and bad. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”1 Kings 3:9

God was so pleased with King Solomon’s request that He gave him a Wise and Discerning heart, like no one before him nor anyone after him. 1 Kings 3:12
If you want to glean from the Wisest man who ever lived read his Proverbs:
Proverbs 1:1-3
1. The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, King of Israel :
2. To know Wisdom, (chokmah #2451 from Chakam) and Correction, (musar #4148 from yasar); to Understand/Discern (bin #995) words with Understanding, (binah #998 from bin);
3. To take, (laqack #3947) Correction, (musar #4148) Prudently, (sakal #7919a); what is Right, (Tzedeq #6664) Just, (Mishpat #4941) and Impartial/Even, (meshar #4339 from yashar)…
When the log is removed from our own eye, we know we are not a hypocrite, we still need to ask God for Wisdom to Judge Justly.  There are religious teachers with knowledge of God’s Word and still can’t discern good from bad.

Teachers will be Judged more Strictly

Not many of you should become teachers, brethren, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. James 3:1

Teachers, referring to religious leaders, Rabbis, Priests, Preachers, Imams, even parents, anyone who influences others needs to consider themselves warned before they instruct others incorrectly. Matthew 18:6Matthew 23:15.

Do not teach man-made traditions as commandments of God, Matthew 15:9.   If we are compelled to share our religious beliefs, we better know how to make a distinction between the teachings of the world and our Creator’s Perfect Word.
“Her priests have done violence to My law, (Torah) and have profaned My holy things; they do not know the distinction between the holy and the common, and they have not taught the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they hide their eyes from My Sabbaths,” Ezekiel 22:26

So When you judge, Judge Justly, Not by Appearances or with Partiality but with Merciful Loving Kindness.

Stop judging by outward appearances,and start judging justly.” John 7:24Exodus 18:26Exodus 23:3Leviticus 19:15Deuteronomy 1:17Deuteronomy 10:17Deuteronomy 16:19Proverbs 18:5Proverbs 24:23Proverbs 28:21James 2:1James 2:9Acts 10:34.

For judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13

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