Jesus taught his followers not to judge – but it’s the most misinterpreted verse in the Bible. Here’s the entire passage, in context:
Matthew 7:1-5 (NLT) “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.
- Jesus wasn’t teaching us not to judge; he was teaching us how to judge. There’s a difference between making judgments and being judgmental.
- Making proper judgments is wise for Christians, even when it comes to making a judgment about another person’s ideas or actions.
- Jesus taught us to deal with our own sin before we try to help someone else deal with their sin. Pointing fingers before we look at our own hearts is hypocrisy.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Share about a time when you felt wrongly judged by someone. How did you respond?
- Share about a time when someone judged you correctly. How did they do it? How did you respond?
- What is the difference between judging and being judgmental?
- Have you ever told someone not to judge? Did you think you were being biblical? Were you?
- Give some examples where it is appropriate to “make judgments”. Give some examples where it is inappropriate.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.