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Jesus taught his followers not to judge – but it’s one of the most misinterpreted verses in the Bible. Here’s the entire passage in context:
Matthew 7:1-5 “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, and that is something we should all look out for.