Judge or Judge Not?

gavel“Judge not, that you be not judged.  “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. (Mat 7:1-2 NKJ)

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (Rom 8:1-2 NKJ)

So, are we to judge nothing or nobody?  If we were to go further into Matthew 7, we would find that this is not the case.  Later we are called to discern what we share and with whom we share it in case they are dogs or swine, (Matt 7:6) people who see no value in the things of God and later we are told us to judge whether a person might be a false prophet. (Matt 7:15)  Good judgment and discernment are vital as we walk out our salvation daily.  Jesus was concerned with the people of God being condemning. Condemnation passes sentence and punishment.  If I condemn a person, then I am saying that there is no hope or room for change.  The Apostle Paul tells us, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Rom 8:1) Therefore Jesus warns us not to condemn lest we bring condemnation on ourselves.  I thank God for his grace, for while there is still breath in a person, no matter how reprobate they may be, they can still change.  We all need to remember where we came from and the love, grace, and mercy that was extended to us.  With the measure we receive, we should also give back.

About Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.
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