Grace Community Church

To Judge or Not to Judge?

Given on March 6, 2022 by Brett Helvie
Scripture: Matthew 7:1-6

Has someone ever unjustly accused you without really knowing your motives or the actual circumstances that led to your action? How did that make you feel? What did it do to your relationship with that person?
When Jesus commands us not to “judge” he is certainly not prohibiting the use of our critical faculties in making decisions, evaluating options, and seeking to determine what is right or wrong. When does legitimate judgment turn in to being judgmental? Do you think religious types are more prone to being judgmental than others? Why or why not? What types of judgment are the prerogative of God alone?
What challenge does Jesus’ image of the speck and the beam give to those of us who may be quick to criticize and speak poorly of other believers? This is the only time where Jesus clearly calls out disciples as “hypocrites” – is he being unkind? Why such strong language?
Does not yet being perfect release us from the responsibility of seeking to correct and help fellow believers who may be struggling with sin? Why or why not? How should we go about determining who are “dogs and pigs”? How do we know when it’s time to shut up and drop a conversation about Jesus and his Gospel?