by Florence Roberts
The Bible states, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” (Matt.) Many times people misinterpret this quote and use it to excuse bad behavior, wrong values and morals, and so on. But what this verse is talking about is judging unfairly — or even going around with a superior attitude and condemning people according to some selfish views.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb.)
“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24) is the answer. If we are to love enough to be our brother’s keeper, we owe it to mankind to be able to discern according to the Truth, and help save someone who may be mesmerized by the wrong action, as God directs.
But first we must be true ourselves; with the beam removed from our own eyes. Otherwise, how could we begin to discern the Truth?