Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t judge someone just because they sin differently than you?” It’s a very accurate description of what many of us do to each other. I’ll be the first to admit that I can be judgmental at times. I’d like to discuss two passages from the Bible to help us better understand why we shouldn’t judge others.
Romans 2: 1-3 is a message from Paul that says those who judge others are hypocrites. “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?”
Jesus reveals the consequences of judging others in Matthew 7: 1-2. “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.”
The key points from these passages are:
- Judging someone else for their sins is condemning ourselves because we are all sinners
- God’s judgment is based on truth, and ours is based on our own misconceptions
- The amount of judgment we pass on others is the amount that God will pass on us on the final Judgment Day
The most important thing to remember is that none of us are perfect or sinless. We all fall into the temptation of sin and we all depend on God’s amazing grace for salvation. The next time you begin to judge someone based on their sins, show them kindness instead. Isn’t that how you want God to treat you on Judgment Day?