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Are believers to judge?

Are Believers to Judge?

Seems like a simple answer doesn’t it?
Matthew 7:1-5 ““Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

And people usually quote this when they feel they are being criticized. Judging that condemns people is certainly wrong. But are we at all to make judgments concerning people?

A few verses later Jesus said “15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” Matthew 7:15-19

It would be impossible to do this without making a judgment.
Yes you make judgments everyday concerning what this person says or that person says, according to what this person does or how they treat someone else. You will even make a judgment about what you think I am saying in this post.
“Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing”
“You shall know them by their fruits”

Let me give you a hint “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:33-36
A person may be able to hide it for a while but eventually you will know how a person really thinks by what they say. That is the fruit of the heart. Do they hold grudges? it will show up in what they say.
Do they get angry easy — “a fool shows his annoyance at once…”?
How do they treat other people who may disagree with them? That will tell you much right there.

You have to make judgments as believers, but it must be righteous judgment that doesn’t condemn people. It is for your protection to have discernment. It’s all over the Bible. “This I pray that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve those things that are excellent and be sincere and without offence until the day of Christ.” Philippians 1:9-10

1 Corinthians 2:15 “He that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.”

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