“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” Luke 6:41.
God can judge perfectly. He’s never done anything wrong.
I do not have the same ability. I am a sinner.
When I judge someone else, I leave myself open to the accused rightly questioning me about my flaws.
I judge folks all the time. “Why did you do that?” “What were you thinking?” And on and on.
The “fun” really begins when someone asks me the same questions! Talk about going after the “judge.” Instead of addressing the flaw, I choose to bring up something the accuser did. It isn’t usually pretty.
Jesus identifies me as flawed. Flawed people can’t rightly judge anyone else.
The minister I heard this morning was into this text as part of his study of Romans 2. My judging can only be done with discernment. How does that work? My judging starts after I realize that I am a sinner with problems of my own. With that in mind, I am less likely to come down hard on someone else who has erred.
This does not mean that I am oblivious to sin in others. It means, instead, that my judging has limitations.
Conclusion: I judge only after realizing that I am a sinner myself.