Judging and Discerning


“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way

you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure

you use, it will be measured to you.”

Matthew 7: 1, 2

In today’s language this means, “what comes around, goes around.” Or another way of saying it is, “you reap what you sow.” Yet in other places the Scriptures instruct us to be discerning, or to discern.

So what is the difference between judging, and discerning? Well judging, especially in this portion, seems to mean to condemn. Judging is for God to do, not really for humans, except for those in high positions of authority.

Ever known someone filled with religious pride? Pretty awful right? That’s because of the sin of pride leading them to judge, or to condemn others.

Now discerning is different, because it involves having wisdom, or insight about a given situation. Remember God’s version of wisdom is first pure, then peaceable (I love the book of James!). So when we are discerning, it is God leading us with wonderful insight!

Thank You God for leading us with insight about our lives, and the circumstances we face each day. Help us to have a humble wisdom, without the harsh, proudful aspects of judging others. Help us to be guided by You, and live for You! Amen.


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