Even though Jesus said, “Do not judge so that you will not be judged” (Matt. 7:1). Judge not that ye be not judged,” we still do it. At times, we can seem to think that it’s our job to make sure the whole world meets our standards so, we judge them. And we are wrong…
In II Chronicles 20:6, King Jehoshaphat appointed judges throughout the land. And then, after appointing them, he said to them; “Always think carefully before pronouncing judgment. Remember that you do not judge to please people but to please the Lord. He will be with you when you render the verdict in each case.”
This verse is addressed to people who have appointed judges by the king. It is their job to judge and Jehoshaphat tells them, “Always think carefully before judging.”
Notice Jehoshaphat says, “Always think carefully before judging.” In other words, “Think your decision through…” But again, Jehoshaphat is talking to people whose job it is to judge.
But, it could just as easily apply to us… Be careful before you judge. Why should we be careful? First, because we aren’t God. It’s not our job to judge. That’s God’s job.
Secondly, all of us have enough problems dealing with our own sins.. we don’t need to judge others.
Third, we don’t know what someone else has been through… Why they think the way they do.. Why they dress the way they do…
Elvis had a song that went;
“Walk a mile in my shoes, Walk a mile in my shoes.
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse, Walk a mile in my shoes.”
There is a TON of truth in those lyrics.
There is an old poem about a dog named August. It goes…
“Once there was a dog named August,
Who was always jumping to conclusions.
One day August jumped at the conclusion of a mule.
That was the last day of August.”
We need to be careful about judging… about jumping to conclusions. As Jehoshphat told the judges, “..Always think carefully before pronouncing judgment.” Great advice for us as well.