How To Judge People

“Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father with Me.”
-John 8:16

One of the most frequently heard misrepresentations of Christian belief and practice is that Christians should not judge other people. Some people even go on to claim that Jesus would not be judgmental. This kind of thinking is not correct according to the Bible or even possible.

All of us judge other people constantly. We form snap judgments about the clueless person in the queue in front of us, the homeless person begging on the street and the loud person talking on the train. We judge the way some people look, the way other people talk and even the way some people spell. Judging people is normal and even unavoidable.

We cannot make the claim that Jesus does not judge people. He is, in fact, THE Judge. Jesus is one with the Father and they, along with the Holy Spirit, are God, who is the Judge Of All The Earth. Of course Jesus judges people! The question is not whether to judge or not to judge. The question is: “How can we make good judgments?”

We judge according to righteousness and truth. When we give ourselves to God, crucify the sinful cravings of our flesh and transform our minds through putting God’s Word into them then we will be in a position to know the truth. The truth, as Christ put it, is Himself. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. In John 8:32 Jesus declares that “the truth will set you free.” Yet in the same chapter, only four verses later, Jesus declared “if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.” Here is the identification of the truth as Jesus Christ.

In these days when the news is filled with racist attacks, Islamic terrorism, Bruce Jenner and even more confusing, depraved and desperate items, it is vital that we know the truth. Jesus Christ is the only One who can set anyone free. Know Him, trust Him, serve Him and follow Him.

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