The book of Matthew 7:1 Judge not lest ye be, judged, some of us will take that scripture to promote a tolerance that encourages acceptance of behaviours the Bible forbids. Even when we know, that wasn’t Jesus’ intention. So, what did Jesus mean when He told us not to judge?
What are we not to judge? The Bible says we can’t decide what is in someone’s heart. We may assign wrong motives to someone who ignores us when, in reality, he is fighting hidden battles. To judge another person shows pride. Only God knows what is in a person’s heart and the effort it takes to function where they are.
Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly. We aren’t to judge believers who practice their faith in ways different than us. We may decide someone is spiritually immature because they don’t pray, dress, or practice faith in the way we do. Maybe you don’t like the tattoo she wears on her ankle or that he won’t pray aloud in groups.
Proverbs 31:9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. Although the Bible tells us that we should not judge lest we are, judged, it also reminds us that we can open our mouths and judge righteously.
Here in the book of 1 Corinthians 6:2 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?
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
1 Kings 3:28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.