Leave judgment to God

Last updated on July 12, 2022


Judge not, that you be not judged.” (Matthew 7:1)

Many people, including Christians, have a tendency to condemn others when those do not meet their standards of good behavior. The Bible warns us not to do that. We are not to sit on God’s judgment seat. It is not for us to pass judgment, and since we are not sinless ourselves, it is unjust to look down on others anyway.

What is good to do, however, is to call fellow believers to account for their behavior when we are convinced that they are going against God’s will. In such a situation, we give them a loving warning, expressed in the awareness that we ourselves can be wrong, too. Then we judge a particular act by the standards the Lord has given us. In our turn, we ourselves must also be open to correction by fellow believers. In this way, we help each other to live more and more according to God’s plan. But we are not judges — not of ourselves, not of our brothers and sisters, and not of the world. We must leave the final judgment of a person to God.

Do you have a tendency to judge and condemn others? How can you change this?

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