”Judge not, that ye be not judged.” Matthew 7:2 This would have to be one of the most misquoted verses from the bible. So many people say “You can’t judge me, you’re not God”, or words to that effect.
But if they’d take the time to read that verse in context, they would see what the real meaning is.
Here are the next 3 verses. Read them and decide whether it has the same meaning as the one on it’s own. “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:2-5
See, when it’s read in context, it has an entirely different meaning.
Basically, what it means is that, if I were out getting drunk and partying, I couldn’t “preach” to others and condemn them for doing the same thing. If I were out there doing the same things as everyone else, I would be in no moral position to tell them off (for want of a better phrase.)
As Christians, we are encouraged to let other believers know if they are in sin, but only if we aren’t in that same sin ourselves. It can be hard to be told that someone thinks you are sinning, and it can hurt our feelings, make us angry or start to lash out at that person, but that’s a good thing, it probably means that the Holy Spirit is trying to convict you of that sin. If or when that happens, it’s time to seek the Lord, pray and repent.So please, if someone says to you (lovingly) that they think you are veering off the path, please listen and don’t take it to heart.
So next time you go to use this biblical verse, think twice about what you are saying, because there’s more to it than most people like to make out there is.