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"Do not judge, and you will not be judged.
"Rebuke a discerning man, and he will
Judgmental: inclined to pass judgment or condemn
Rebuke: to convey one's disapproval of; reprove
Christians must exercise great care and discernment when judging the actions of other human beings. We must be especially careful not to condemn others or be hypocritical. We must keep in mind that we ourselves are not perfect, and have our own sin with which to contend. However, this does not mean that Christians should avoid judging the actions of others altogether. It is our Christian obligation to rebuke others who are caught in sin so that they may repent and restore their relationship with God.
Jesus preached that human beings should exercise caution and restraint when judging others. 1,2 He emphasized that we should not judge (that is, condemn) others when we ourselves are engaging in the same or even "greater" sins. 3 Such actions would be hypocritical. 4
Similar cautions about judging others are given elsewhere in the Bible. For example, if we pass judgment on others when we ourselves are engaging in the same sin, we bring condemnation upon oursleves,5 and we will not escape God's judgment.6
God is the only true judge of mankind. 7,8
On the final day of judgment, it is God to whom we will have to give an account of our lives--not man. 9 We should seek to be ready for the day of God's judgment. For Christians, this will be a day when we are judged in terms of the rewards we will receive in heaven. 10, 11
Despite biblical warnings against judging others--especially hypocritical judgment--it is clear from the Scriptures that we should rebuke our fellow Christians when they are caught in sin and are breaking God's moral laws.12 Such rebuke is important to help restore the person to righteousness, and is a way of showing love for the sinner. 13 In the end, rebuking a sinner from the error of his ways can save his life.14
The Bible does not contain any standard "formula" for rebuking others. In some instances the Scriptures recommend that rebuke should be frank,15 but gentle.16 Elsewhere, it recommends that rebuke should be public, so that it serves as a warning to others. 17 Finally, the Bible reocmmends that when we rebuke someone, we use great patience and care.18
Perhaps the most effective way of rebuking another person is to simply "speak the truth in love."19 Humbly point the sinner to God's commandments and the truth as contained in the Holy Scriptures; the Word of God was designed for such purposes. 20
In the final analysis, rebuke is not something to be avoided, but embraced. If a fellow Christian rebukes you, consider yourself fortunate. 21 You would be wise to listen to rebuke and learn as much as you can from it. 21-24 After all, your response to rebuke may have consequences for eternity. 14
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.
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.
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.
So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God's judgment?
There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy.
It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore, judge nothing before the appointed time;
wait till the Lord comes.
(1 Corinthians 4:4-5)8
So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Behold I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.
So watch yourselves. "If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline.
So be earnest, and repent.
My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
Rebuke your neighbor frankly
so you will not share in his guilt.
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin,
you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also
may be tempted.
Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly,
so that the others may take warning.
(1 Timothy 5:20)17
Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction.
(2 Timothy 4:2)18
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
(2 Timothy 3:16)20
Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man's rebuke to
a listening ear.
He who listens to a life-giving rebuke
will be at home among the wise.
Rebuke a discerning man,
and he will gain knowledge.
Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,
and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.