“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log 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 brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5
Jesus’ words do not condemn all judging, but they are most definitely a warning against improper judgment. We judge improperly when we judge without mercy and love. We judge improperly when we judge without self-examination. Before judging others, we ought to make an honest evaluation of ourselves.
May we also practice Jesus’ words from John 7:24 – “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”