Jesus Commands Us Not To JudgeThe new commandment which Jesus gave us tells us to love one another (John 13:34; 1Jn.2:8-11; 2Jn.1:5).
Jesus commanded us under the New Covenant not to judge anyone (Matt.7:1).
He showed us the reasons why we should not judge anyone.
--All of us have sinned and stand condemned without the mercy and grace of Jesus (Jn.8:7; Rom.2:1)
--Jesus did not come to judge but to save (Jn.12:47; 3:17)
--He taught us that anyone who judges others is worthy of hell fire (Matt.5:22)
--He taught that the one who judges others must not think that he is better (Matt.7:2-5; Luke 13:1-6)
--He taught that we must focus on correcting ourselves before trying to correct others (Matt.7:2-5)
New Testament Reasons Not To Judge--We all stand or fall by faith, according to the grace of God, not by any merit of ours (Rom.11:20)
--By judging others we condemn ourselves (Rom.2:1; James 5:9)
--There is only one Judge and He is coming soon (James 5:9)
--God justifies the sinner who humbles himself than the Pharisee who condemns others with a self-righteous attitude (Lk.18:10-14).
Why People Judge Others--They lose sight of the imperatives of the grace of God over their own lives (Matt.18:32,3; 2Pet.1:7-9; Eph.4:31,32)
--They allow the spirit of jealousy (1Sam.8:8-10)
--They allow the spirit of bitterness over past hurts (Eph.4:26,27, 29-32; Heb.12:15)
--They allow the spirit of doubt and evil suspicions (1Tim.6:4)
Receiving Each Other with Brotherly Love--Aquinas and Priscilla show us example of how they received Apollos positively and helped him (Acts 18:24,25)
--We must lovingly and patiently accept the ones who are weak in faith (Rom.15:1; 1Cor.8:1)
--We must not allow our knowledge to become a stumbling block for others; in other words, there are certain aspects of liberty that we may need to forego in order to win some (1Cor.8:9-13)
--If anyone is caught in sin, we must be willing to gently restore them (Gal.6:1).
--If anyone persists in sin, the elders must rebuke with the attitude to save, not to condemn (1Tim.5:20; 2Tim.2:25)
--We must not listen to gossip and be influenced by slander (Prov.20:19; 26:20)
--Do not listen to accusations against any spiritual elder without two or three witness (1Tim.5:19)
What Must We Do?--Love all with the love of Christ (Eph.5:2)
--Do not give in to the spirit of suspicion or negative assumptions; don't listen to feelings (Exo.20:16)
--Think through their eyes (Job 6:1-3)
--Speak God's truth in love (Eph.4:15)
--Be patient with people (Rom.15:1; Eccl.7:8; 1Tim.5:14)
--Don't get offended (1Cor.13:5)
--Don't think evil; but, always look at the better side (1Cor.13:5)
--Consider others as better (Phil.2:3)