The Dos and Don’ts of Judging Others

Bible Summary. When we become knowledgeable of the Word of God, it is easy to fall into the trap of judging others for their shortcomings. The Bible is explicit about man not judging man. It is best to follow Solomon’s example and ask God for wisdom to discern between good and bad. Judging others is not to be done lightly or unfairly. We must judge in God’s righteousness and not be influence by how poor or mighty a person is when judging others. See below for Biblical advice and scriptures concerning the dos and don’ts of judging others.

The Dangers of Judging and Accusing Others

Judging and Accusing Others
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Judging Others Will Lead People Away From God.

When we become knowledgeable of the Word of God, it is easy to fall into the trap of judging others for their shortcomings. When we judge people, we drive them away from Christ and a relationship with God. Romans 14:13 advises us not to judge others and cause them to fall away.

Romans 14:13, “Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.”

What Does the Bible Say About Judges Judging Others?

The Bible is explicit about man not judging man. We are not to judge others no matter what they have done. God reserves judgment for Himself. 2nd Chronicles 19:6 advises even Government-appointed judges not to judge others unless God be in it.

2nd Chronicles 19:6, “And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.”

Solomon Asks For Wisdom in Judging Others.

God asked Solomon what He could give him. Solomon responded by asking for wisdom in judging others. Solomon desired to have the wisdom to discern between good and bad. 1st Kings 3:9 Solomon asks God for wisdom in discerning good and bad.

1st Kings 3:9, “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?”

Judging Others Is Only Done in Righteousness.

Judging others is not to be done lightly or unfairly. This is why it is best for us to base all of our judgments and decisions based on God’s righteousness, His guidance and wisdom. Leviticus 19:15 advises us not to be influence by how poor or mighty a person is when judging others.

Leviticus 19:15, “Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.”