Judg·ment Noun /ˈjəjmənt/ - The ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions; the capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions
Everyone makes considered decisions (judgments). In fact, we have to make them everyday. We may have to judge whether or not we'll leave our laptop unsupervised for even a moment (depending on our location). We may have to judge if we believe whether or not someone is telling us the truth. We may have to judge whether or not we'll participate in particular events with certain people, based on certain things we know about them. The list goes on and on, but the fact of the matter is that life leaves us with little choice but to form judgments, and act on them, each day we wake to live to see.
I've run into many people over the years that like to claim they "do not judge", but obviously based on what I just described regarding all people in life, that can't possibly be true. Anyway, that's what they claim. Some of them even venture to say they "do not judge", but merely "give their opinions":
o·pin·ion Noun /əˈpinyən/ - A view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge
Your "opinion" is a judgment. Respond with an "opinion" to anything in life, and you are "judging".
Even still, the same "I'm just giving my opinion"/"do not judge me" people often attempt to use Mt 7:1 as their right to be left alone and not ridiculed by for the ungodly and often perverse acts in life they may commit (those things not in accordance with the Gospel). Their favorite verse, usually excluding the next verse which puts it into context?
(Matthew 7:1) Do not judge, that you may not be judged;
If we take just another second or two and read on to Mt 7:2 though, we find that what we are not being given a command to "never judge":
(Matthew 7:2) for with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured again to you.
We will all be judged, and the same standard we use to judged others, will be applied to us. Therefore Mt 7:1 is a warning to be cautious as to how we judge. Not that you are to never judge. In fact, if the person is a supposed "Believer", then this is what Paul even goes as far to say:
(1Co 5:11-12) But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
Yes, we judge "those within". How could the church possibly withstand unjudged perversity within it! Heaven forbid! It has happened though my friends and often because of Satan's lie - Do Not Judge Me. When Jesus Christ clearly says:
(John 7:24) "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment."
(1Co 6:2-3) Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
Agapao with agape, agapetos & Godspeed,
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