Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Often we hear this verse quoted by unbelievers or carnal Christians when someone will say something about them, their actions, dress , etc. It is used as a rebuke to those whom they regard as intolerant to them or their ways. These are the words of Christ and they are given as a warning to the self-righteous condemnation of others with whom they disagree on the basis of superficial criteria.
Matt 7:1 – krino: ”to pass judgment; to sentence”
1 Cor 2:15 – anakrino: “question; examine; evaluate”
1 Cor 11:31 – diakrino: “make distinction; weigh thoroughly”
Gal 6:4; 1 Jn 4:1 – dokimazo: “test; examine; interpret”
2 Cor 13:5 – peirazo: “examine; to prove; to try”
Discerning and judging:
The command of Jesus not to judge does not relieve us of our duty to be a discerning and examining people. We are to evaluate beliefs, actions and spirits in light of Scripture. Matt 10:16 is a directive from Jesus for us in this world of wickedness.
It is important for us to know the difference