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Has anyone in the history of all time and creation ever uttered the phrase “Don’t Judge Me” because they knew they were doing the right thing?
Yes, we all know what Jesus said:
Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
And then we like to talk about the example He then gave:
And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye?
Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.
Of course whenever we ask someone not to judge us, what we should be asking (if we look into the context of the Scripture) is for them to not judge our motives or intentions and for them to be fair with us, not that we should fear correction of our actions or the fruit that comes from them.
If we want to be better Christians, if we want to grow closer to God, it is incredibly important that we are able to receive a correction or a rebuke from another Christian who is only looking out for our behalf, helping us in our relationship with God.
If we are so afraid that anyone might judge us, we’re going to miss all of those opportunities to learn from others, who may have made the same mistakes as we have made in the past and are only looking to save us the trouble, like a parent teaching their kids to stay away from the stove.
Not every judgment is a bad judgment, there is cause for discernment and wisdom in our choices.
Have you ever rejected a teaching moment because you were defensive about being judged?