Judging Biblically and Overcoming Misunderstandings About Judgment

This is a collection of 1-minute devotions addressing the various aspects of Biblical judgment, including false applications of the "Judge Not" verse.

Almost every day I hear a Christian or non-Christian use the passage "JUDGE NOT" in an incorrect way, usually to mean that Christians should keep their mouths shut about sin.  But that isn't what that passage says unless those two words are taken out of context. The following 1-minute devotions explain this passage more fully and give ample proof that judgment is a part of our Christian faith. In fact, it is impossible to have values without making judgments. You can expect some repetition if you read all of the devotions in this collection because some things bear repeating and this is one of them.  


How, Who, and What to Judge According to Scripture

We need to quit saying "Judge Not" in situations where the Bible says, "Judge." Find out what Scripture says about How, Who, and What to Judge.


Biblical Judgment: 5 Errors to Avoid

If we want to be fair and godly and judge things in the way God commands, we must avoid these 5 attitudes. 


An Immature View of Judging

Most people who use the phrase "Judge Not" use it in a way that God never meant for it to be used. This 1-minute devotion explains.


Walk a Mile in Their Moccasins

Find out why this is not a Native American proverb and why it's part (but not all) of the command in Matthew 7:1-4.



Nobody's Business

If you think it's not your business to judge and correct fellow Christians caught in sin, then you need to read the Scripture in this 1-minute devotion.


To Judge or Not to Judge

Matthew 7:1-5, the passage that begins with the words "Judge not" may be one of the most misunderstood passages in Scripture.


Did Jesus Come to Judge?

In one verse Jesus said He did not come to judge. In another, Jesus said He came to judge. This 1-minute devotion explains why it's not a contradiction.


Judge the Sin, Not the Sinner??

Did you know that it's not really possible to judge the sin without judging the sinner? This 1-minute devotion explains.

God Loves Me Just the Way I Am

Salvation is a free gift, and in response to that gift, Christians voluntarily respond to Christ's expectations. This 1-minute devotion shares 3 of those expectations.

All Sins are Not the Same in God's Eyes

Christians often say that God views all sins the same, but that's only half true. This 1-minute devotion explains. 

Context is King!

A little bit of Scripture knowledge can be a dangerous thing. This 1-minute devotion explains why.

I Remember the Log

Matthew 7:1-5 discusses "Eye plank disease" and explains how to cure it! This 1-minute devotion explains.

4 Things Culture Teaches Which Contradict God's Word

Man says. God says. This 1-minute devotion offers some common errors with Scriptural answers.

Using the "J" Word

Despite the popular "Judge Not" belief, there are 4 times when Christians should judge.

Using the "J" Word Bible Study

A short Bible study explaining when it's appropriate for Christians to judge. It may not be what you think!

Inaccurate, Illogical, Popular

It's almost silly the way the "Judge Not" phrase is taken out of context and used to beat up Christians who are rightly judging. This 1-minute devotion explains.

Do Not Judge

Christians are spreading half-truths in regard to this well-known passage. This 1-minute devotion explains the accurate meaning.

Can We Convince People of Their Sins?

This 1-minute devotion explains what Scripture teaches about confronting other believers who are sinning.

Do Not...First...Then

Everyone seems to know the “Do not.” But few know the “First… and Then...” in Matthew 7:1-5. Do you?

Concise Commands: 4 Personal Problems

1 Thessalonians 5 contains advice for dealing with 4 personal problems. This 1-minute devotion explains.

When Someone Wanders from the Truth

We sometimes warn Christians "not to play God" when they are actually doing exactly what God wants. This 1-minute devotion explains.

Judge Not Scripture Out of Context

"Judge Not" (Matthew 7:1) is one of the most misused and abused phrases in all of Scripture. This 1-minute devotion explains.


The Right and Wrong Way to Quote "Judge Not!"

There are 4 times when it's appropriate to rebuke someone with the words "Judge Not!" But most people think all judging is wrong. This 1-minute devotion explains this error.

Should You Report a Crime?

While scanning items at a self-check-out, I noticed the man next to me was throwing un-scanned items into his bags. It led me to consider some important aspects of judging that Christians have misunderstood. What would you have done in my situation?

Assurance or Repentance?

When a friend comes to us and admits they've sinned, we often respond in an ungodly way. When we see a friend caught up in sin, we often respond in an ungodly way. This 1-minute devotion explains the biblical response. 

Peace is Not the Highest Good

Even though our culture is always yelling "Judge Not!" this 1-minute devotion explains why God commands us to confront sinning Christians.

3 Lame Excuses for Not Judging

These lame excuses can be heard everywhere. No one seems to care that the violate Scripture. But God cares.

Christian "Body Snatchers" - Jude 1:22-23

Do you know that Scripture commands us to be "Body Snatchers" - well, actually "Souls Snatchers." This 1-minute devotion shares the Bible passage. 

Planks and Holes

When my husband developed a hole in his eye, God taught us some important spiritual truths.

True Love Hates

If you don't believe that true love hates, you need to take a moment and read this collection of Scripture verses.

Cookie Thieves

Jumping to conclusions is foolish. We need to get our facts straight before judging ourselves or others.

Job's Judgmental Friends

God rebuked Job's friends for a belief that many Christians hold now. In fact, some churches focus on this false teaching. This 1-minute devotion explains.

Judging Ourselves Biblically Without Comparison

Scripture offers some clear guidance for judging ourselves. It's not about comparison.


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This is a collection of 1-minute devotions addressing the various aspects of Biblical judgment, including false applications of the "Judge Not" verse.

This is a collection of 1-minute devotions addressing the various aspects of Biblical judgment, including false applications of the "Judge Not" verse.



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