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Be slow to judge – judgment is God’s domain

There are few recorded incidents in the New Testament of Jesus meting out judgment, or castigating people, or condemning them. Most of the recorded occasions when He did so were not directed at the population as a whole, but rather at the religionists of His day (the Pharisees), who were not the example of God’s mercy and truth that they were supposed to be. Think about it!

Christianity does provide a clear moral code and the Bible teaches us what is expected of believers. A difficulty that we as Christians may face in addressing judgmental attitudes and perspectives is the confusion that can arise between when to “judge righteous judgment, and when to “judge not that ye be not judged.”

Christians are commanded both to not judge or condemn others and to make right judgments—which entails discerning, evaluating, and differentiating between right and wrong, and “choosing the good and eschewing the evil.”

As far as evaluating and discerning whether something is a good choice or a poor one, or whether something is morally right or not, it’s not always possible to place a simple “right” or “wrong” label on the decisions of others, or situations or events that occur.

Jesus said that we would be able to recognize or discern things by their fruits, which may mean that we won’t know if something bears good fruit for some time, until it has played out and we are able to better discern the ultimate results of certain decisions or situations.

So it doesn’t follow that we should then treat people in an unloving, judgmental way, or be quick to condemn others because of the choices they’ve made in life. Only God is in a position to pass wise or fair judgment. We can’t know the burdens and weights that people carry, or all the reasons why they make the choices they do.

God is the judge; He knows the hearts of people and He understands everything about them in a way that we would never be able to. He doesn’t need our help to judge people; that isn’t what Jesus commissioned us to do.

So while it’s natural to internally process someone’s actions, it’s how you treat the person and how you react to them that ultimately counts. When it comes to judgment, we must remember that God looks at the individual. Each person is a unique individual, created in His image, and He loves each one as if they were the only one.

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