We all judge the people we know and don’t know; the intentions of our social media friends. When we walk in humility, we recognize we don’t have all the answers. We daily so quickly and easily judge people, we hardly notice.
The Bible says, ‘Don’t judge.’
“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”
If we just take a moment to talk to people and try to get to know them, we will be much less likely to judge. This is what it means to “look beneath the surface.”
With so much judgment flying around, it’s a wonder any of us have any successful relationships at all. Mercy is not one of our highest spiritual gifts. It tends to score close to zero on those spiritual gifts assessments when it comes to mercy. So if we have God’s grace to help us be more merciful.
We judge the integrity of our boss at work. But he’s already made a plain for all of us on how to live, what God is looking in us men and women. Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love and don’t take yourself too seriously take God seriously.
Do Not Judge Others
No man could know the doctrine, whose whole life was consciously opposed to the will of God. Not only will a life opposed to the will of God raise up influences unfavorable to the reception of Divine truth. Obedience strengthens love, and love induces likeness, and likeness is that which leads to the most perfect knowledge. There is a general social judgment which we must give. We look upon a man’s outer life and pass a sentence on it, either of praise or blame.
We are forbidden to judge the whole of a man’s life from the results of his acts upon his own life. While the man is alive, usually judges; and it is almost always wrong. You cannot find a man’s character according to the appearance of any single act. You must know the man before you can blame or praise him for the act.
These qualities are modes of love; in truth, love includes all we need for judging righteously of men.