Should a person judge after all?

*1Corinthians 6:1-5

1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? 2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?*

So, should a person especially a Christian judge?

“Jesus was not telling his disciples that they could not ever judge the behavior of others. Rather, he was cautioning them to live righteous lives themselves so that their judgment of others’ behavior would not be rash judgment and their efforts would be effective in admonishing their neighbors.”

There’s a difference between judging actions, and judging the person. Of course there are many times when we are to judge actions.

Yes, in keeping with the Hebrew Scriptures, Jesus admonishes the people not to judge hastily, unfairly, and without righteousness. However, I cannot help thinking that Jesus’ focus in this passage on the sins we all have, as well as in the verses beginning with “He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone,” while not condoning the sinful behavior but showing mercy toward the sinner, also emphasizes the importance of refraining from judging others, whose intentions and circumstances we may not truly know.

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