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Why is judgment of others wrong?

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5

            Judgment is an unfair standard of living applied to other people but not to oneself.  If you look down on people who don’t behave a certain way, but make excuses for your own behavior, you are judging.

            But, if someone is committing adultery and you point that out, fairly and with compassion, it’s not judging.  If someone is hurting other people through their words and you point that out, with the hope to help that person, it’s not judgment.  It’s accountability.  People’s sins must be pointed out so they can realize their need for salvation.  Remember, the Holy Spirit does an excellent job convicting our spirits about sin.  We don’t have to do all that work for him.