“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” -Matthew 7:1-5
This is an issue that has confused many people. I also have found it confusing at times. If we see sin we are supposed to speak up and on the other hand, we are commanded by the Lord Jesus, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged”-Matthew 7:1
Many times Christians are accused of "judging" whenever they speak out against a sinful activity. But there is a righteous kind of judgment we are supposed to exercise with careful discernment.- John 7:24 Jesus was telling us not to judge hypocritically. What Jesus was condemning was hypocritical, self-righteous judgments of others. Don’t judge someone when your sin is even worse. Judging enables our “slackness” in really sharing God’s Love. I know this, I am just as guilty of doing this as anyone else is. It’s time to cast off our fears and our judgments, so we can walk IN our Lord Jesus and let His light shine on those around us.
The bible does say if a believer sees another believer sinning, it is his Christian duty to lovingly and respectfully confront the person with his sin.-Matthew 18:15-17 This is not judging, but rather pointing out the truth in hope and with the ultimate goal of bringing repentance in the other person.-James 5:20 But even then we are to speak the truth in love.-Ephesians 4:15 Our job is not to throw judgment upon sinners, but to identify with them. Guidance comes best from people who identify with the sins of others, because they have become so familiar with their own sin. When you bring attention to sin take a moment because God also wants us to see our own sin. Start sharing the good news just like Jesus did with the sinners, free of judgment, and fear. You may not have walked in someone else's sins, but you have certainly walked enough in your own. Let the grace and mercy that He has shown you spill over on all those you interact with as you step out of your comfort zone and become fishers of men and women.
Father God, Show me once again how good the good news of salvation is. Help me to see it with new eyes and give me the passion and courage to share that news with those around me. Help me to be quick to listen, slow to judge so that when I speak of Your love I am a trustworthy witness. Give me opportunities to speak of You. In Your Mighty Name I pray, Amen.