Commands of Christ: 24

Do not judge.

“Stop judging, that you may not be judged.  For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.”  Matthew 7:1-2

 “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.”  Luke 6:37

Even Jesus, in His earthly life, did not come to judge.  (I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.  If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.   There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.”  John 12:46-48).  Our task is not to judge.  Our task is to obey the Lord and share His words with others.  We are not responsible for what others do with that message but we are responsible to share it.  This is our role as citizens of the Kingdom of God…not as judge, but as messenger or representative.  If we misunderstand our role then we also misunderstand our relationship with God.  We demonstrate the reality of our forgiveness when we forgive.