“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37
Most of us, even those considered wise, have the tendency to rush into judgment. We hear one side of a story or a piece here and there and think we have the person or matter all pieced together–all figured out. We become smugly convinced of our own ruling in the matter.
Yet Jesus warns us not to judge others. Does that mean we cannot call actions wrong that God clearly does? Does that mean that we keep silent when others trespass against us and others?
Clearly, the answers to the two questions above is “no.” We can question actions and call sinful sinful actions and behavior. We shouldn’t always keep silent when people trespass against us and others; that could encourage oppression. Yet, some of us need to be more practiced in overlooking minor offenses.
I think Jesus was telling us to be sure to remember that God holds court and that we do not. God is the judge. We are netiher judge nor jury.