What is Judging Others?
We all will make judgment on others from time to time. You judge when you talk about others such as gossiping, complaining, grumbling and flattering. Flattering is a sin although you are saying something good about someone because you are telling lies. Lying is a sin and we should not lie no matter whether it is for a good or bad intention. If you want to judge, you should judge based on the word of God in the bible. But you should never judge someone behind their back, but go to the person and tell him that he is wrong from the standard of the word of God in the Bible.
The second most important commandment is to love others as much as you love your ownself (Matthew 22:36-40). If you love others, you will not judge them but pray for them instead. If you saw someone sin, you should pray that he repent and turn back to God so that he can walk on the path of righteousness (1 Timothy 2:1).
What Kind of Judgment You Pass on Others is a Sin?
Judging about people based on your own opinion is a sin. In Matthew 7:1-2, Jesus said don’t judge otherwise God will judge you back. Only God is the judge. Jesus Christ will judge us during the judgment day based on what we have done during our lifetime on earth. Because only God is judge, we don’t have any right to make judgment. In Acts 10:42, and he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. In 2 Timothy 4:1, I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
We must not judge others because we will all stand before the judgment seat of God on the judgment day. Each of us will have to give an account of himself to God on judgment day. When you judge others, the person may overheard it and get hurt in the feelings. Judging others put stumbling blocks in the way of your brother or sister in Christ. God’s kingdom is not about eating or drinking but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Anyone who serve Jesus Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. Whatever we do should be for mutual edification (Romans 14:10-19).
Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit so you should use your body members to glorify God. We should use our mouth to say things that edify others and build the body of Christ up. If you say bad things, bad things can happen. We should always declare good things so that good things will happen. In James 3:6, and the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
Is Rebuking a Sinner Considered a Sin?
Rebuking someone who do something wrong is not a sin. In Matthew 18:15-17, if your brother offended you, you should tell him what wrong he had done. If he listens to you, you have won him over. If he did not want to listen to you, you can take one or two others along so every matter will be established by the testimony of two people. If he does not want to listen as well, you should tell it to the church. If he refuse to listen to the church, you should treat him as a pagan or tax collector. In Leviticus 19:17, don’t hate your brother in heart but rebuke him frankly so that you won’t share in his guilt. In Proverbs 25:9, if you argue your case with a neighbor, you should not betray another man’s confidence.
In Matthew 18:14, the Father God is not willing that any of the little one should be lost. In Luke 17:3, if your brother sins, rebuke him and if he repents, forgive him. In Galatians 6:1, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore such him in the spirit of meekness and watch out lest you also be tempted. In James 5:19-20, if anyone brings back someone who wander away from the truth will save the person from death and cover over a multitude of sins. In Thessalonians 3:15, we must not regard a sinner as an enemy but warn him as a brother. In Ezekiel 33:6, but if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.