Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly. – John 7:24
Jesus was speaking to the people who were calling Him demon possessed because He said He was from the Father. Jesus understood people’s motives and yet still cared for them. He understood their need for a savior and that they were so lost. Yet He does not hesitate to rebuke and educate them.
“Don’t judge me,” this is probably one of the most common phrases in our English language today. Of course no one wants to be judged, for that demands a consequence for our actions. We want to live however we want to live, so that we can be “happy.”
However, Jesus calls for us to judge, but to judge correctly, not by just mere appearances. We are supposed to judge and we all make judgments each and every day. We tell our children to make judgments. (don’t hang out with trouble makers) Of course God wants us to judge.
Now do not confuse judgement with condemnation or being judgmental. Condemnation is set aside for God alone and He has pronounced that consequence in the Law given to Moses. And being judgmental means that we have forgotten that as a Christian we once too were lost and are sinners still today.
No, as Christians, we must judge by the measure we want to be judged by, grace. This means that while we may tell others they are in sin, we have to love them and provide the way out through the Gospel. Thereby pointing their sinful nature at hell and their redeemed status toward heaven. In our judgment we do not condemn, no we provide faith, hope and love, the greatest being love. Be gentle in our judgments of others and use grace as your measuring tool, a grace which surpasses any sin and brings those sinners to glory.
God Bless and Be Well,