“Judge not, that you be not judged.”
This verse is clearly the most quoted verse of scripture, even by non-Christians, which makes it very memorable.
Yet, everyone judges every day – even those shouting the verse the loudest.
They don’t do business at that store because they don’t have the best deals; judgment!
They don’t speak to someone because they are pushy; judgment!
They don’t vote for someone because they don’t agree with their political views; judgment!
When you read the verses following it you get a complete picture.
Matthew 7:3 “Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?”
In other words, you’re judging your brother before you judge yourself.
Now look at the next verse – “First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:5
To get a plank out of your own eye takes a doctor with expertise and the correct instruments.
But to get a speck out of the eye of someone else only takes gentleness.
Remember, we are all sinners and would remain so if not for the grace of God to forgive our sins through the blood of Jesus Christ.
So when you talk to someone about Christ remember where you were without Him.
Remember your plank before you consider the speck.
Judgment with gentleness is understanding with love.