1. We can't have a critical spirit.
We must judge things fairly, not negatively or hopelessly (Philippians 4:8).
2 We can't be hypocritical.
We must honestly confess our own sins before we can help others deal with their sins (Matthew 7:1-5).*
3. We must not judge externals like wealth, popularity, looks, or position (1 Samuel 16:7; John 7:24; James 2:1-8).
4. We must have genuine concern for those we confront.
Confrontation in love and humility is constructive, not destructive. (John 13:34-35; Galatians 6:1; Ephesians 4).
5. We must reject cut and paste explanations about Biblical judgment.
By taking a single phrase out of context (Matthew 7:1), many Christians are letting culture, not Scripture, shape their thinking.
Our culture hates judgment, not sin. God hates sin and encourages appropriate judgment.
Let's follow Jesus, not culture.
*This is where the famous "Judge Not" passage is pulled out of context. Verse 5 says after we remove our own "planks" we are then in a position to judge the "specks" of others. "First....then..."
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Don't miss today's Bite Size Bible Study which expands on this devotion by offering 5 times when the Bible commands us to judge.