We make snap decisions and judgments every day. We judge the way a person looks, dresses, how they perform a certain task, the way they drive in rush hour traffic, the way they style their hair, the way they talk, and even the color of their skin. We judge them for how they live their life and try to see if they measure up to our standards. The question is what is the rule of measure we are using? Are we seeing if they measure up to our own expectations or God’s?
Matthew 7:1 cautions us to not judge others because how we judge them is how God will judge us. Have an open, honest discussion, in love, about the ways you have judged each other. If these judgments have caused harm to your relationship, seek forgiveness from each other and God. Leave passing judgment to God and just be concerned if your own life lives up to God’s measure rather than judging each other.
Do not judge so that you won’t be judged. For with the judgment you use, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. — Matthew 7:1-2