Good greetings, my dear readers. I am today trying to clear up something that most Christians have a hard time deciding about and often disagree upon: JUDGING OTHERS.
The verse in question is this: “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” (Mathew 7:1)
Jesus Christ has given us this instruction so that we may not judge the doings of others. This is because we do not have the authority to judge someone and proclaim that he/she is to be in eternal damnation. Some people criticize others for their mistakes and condemn them and isolate them from society and mark them out as dreadful people no matter how they repent. That is judgement. That is what God does not want us humans to do because it is God’s matter – to judge humans according to their actions and give them punishment.
But the sad fact is that some Christians use this verse to justify their wrong actions. If someone tries to correct them from their wrong path, they’ll ask “well, who are you to judge me?” and many Christians are now excusing themselves from confronting their brothers and sisters in wrong by saying that they have no authority to judge the actions of someone else.
Well I have something to say about this.
Why have you not read the following verses as well?:
If a brother (in general sense, a friend) is slipping into sin, you who are still spiritual should restore him to righteousness, and be careful that you are not tempted to go his way in the process. It is our duty as righteous Christians to let our fellow people know if they are going the wrong way. Advising is in no way equal to judgement, never. Those are two different things completely.
See, making a friend realize their wrong ways is a very tough situation to be in. It is quite dangerous of a task for a person who is not completely steadfast in faith, and could sometimes lead to the opposite results.
I once had a friend who was a great believer. He had great faith, and was glowing for the Lord. Well, one day we realized that one of his closest friends was going the wrong way, and was slipping into a dreadfully sinful life, and it was quite a sad time for him as she no longer wanted to be friends with him because of the mere fact that he was righteous and so she could no longer be his friend. After a while, he decided to befriend her again. He was determined to save her from her wrong ways. He quoted this verse: “Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.” (2 Thessolonians Chapter 3 Verse 15)
Well he decided to win her back to the Lord’s side by being her friend. Sad to say, within a few weeks he started justifying her wrong acts, and turned against me and his other righteous friends. He was not careful in his approach, and ultimately, the evil spirit within her tricked him into following her to the wrong way as well. It was such a heartbreaking time for some of his righteous friends, including me, but what can anyone do? He should have been careful not to let the evil side win him over.
But you see, advising your friend in wrong to come back to the Lord’s side or to repent of their sin is exactly what the Lord wants you to do (as long as you keep yourself on the righteous side as well). If someone is blind and cannot see the right way, it is the duty of us who are not blind to show them the right way and to restore in them the ability to see the right way.
If someone you know does something wrong, you have to be patient and show them the right way. Try your best. Forgive them to the limit and beyond your limit. You are in no way judging your friend if you advise them. Like I said, those two are completely different things, and I hope that you no longer find it confusing when deciding whether or not to point out to a friend the mistake he has made.
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May the Lord be with you all! God bless!!