If you breeze through the scripture, you might get that idea that we are forbidden to consider the sins of others, or bring their sins to their attention. Matthew tells us, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged…” and Romans says tells us, “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.” Are these scriptures proof that we are to ignore the sins of others?
Let’s consider a different set of scriptures. Galatians says, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” And 1 Thessalonians, says, “We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly,”
Some parts of the Bible seem to say don’t judge, while others seem to direct us to do so. How do you reconcile these verses?
I suggest there is a difference between judging a person and judging his or her actions. We can see a person’s actions and know when they go against God’s word, but only God can judge a person’s heart. He alone knows why the person doing the sin chose to do so. While one group of scriptures warns us that if we judge another person we face the same judgment, the other group of scriptures tells us to judge the actions of others and, when appropriate, to warn them of the consequences of heading down the wrong road.
Who loves others the most? Is it the person who sits by and watches his or her neighbor engage in self-harming behavior, or the person who approaches a neighbor in a spirit of meekness to warn them of the consequences of sin?
What are your thoughts?