I’m sure most will say, “It’s pretty obvious why you shouldn’t: because the Bible says you shouldn’t.”
If you are a Christian then I’m sure you would believe that question, but why not is the real question.
“Do not judge or you too will be judged.” (Matthew 7:1).
Let me put it to you this way, if you had to have had it hard your whole life and see someone struggle to do something you can do with your eyes closed you might get angry, you might judge that person.
But do you even know who that person is and what has happened to him over his life? How can you judge a man based on what he is doing now without knowing every detail of his past? Perhaps the other person never worked a day in their life before so this easy job you could do is something quite the opposite for the other person.
Now the examples can go on forever and you can judge people for so many different things, but I urge you to attempt to never judge others.
How to judge people less:
1. Identify a time where you have judged someone.
2. Ask yourself why you feel that way about the person.
3. Try to put yourself in their shoes
4. Just love the person for who they are and pretty soon you may see a change.
5. Confront with careful instruction and caution if you feel that you can help.
6. Know that judging others less does take time.
I had an issue with judging others about a year back, until I put myself in their shoes. I felt horrible for even thinking that way of others. Now I will never do it again.
“It is foolish to jump to conclusions before investigating the facts.” (Proverbs 18:13).
Bottom line I would say is to love others just for who they are. It’s not easy. I remember my mom telling me to always love someone even if you don’t like them. It can be a hard concept to understand(definitely was for me), but once it finally clicked I stopped judging and started to accept others for who they were.
God should be the only one to judge because He knew you from your mothers womb. He formed you out of dust into something beautiful. He knows every detail about you so therefore I think it’s suitable for Him to judge.
If you read Psalm 139 it further expresses the knowledge God has about you.
Lord, you have examined me
and know all about me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I get up.
You know my thoughts before I think them.
3 You know where I go and where I lie down.
You know everything I do.
4 Lord, even before I say a word,
you already know it.
5 You are all around me—in front and in back—
and have put your hand on me.
6 Your knowledge is amazing to me;
it is more than I can understand.
7 Where can I go to get away from your Spirit?
Where can I run from you?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there.
If I lie down in the grave, you are there.
9 If I rise with the sun in the east
and settle in the west beyond the sea,
10 even there you would guide me.
With your right hand you would hold me.
11 I could say, “The darkness will hide me.
Let the light around me turn into night.”
12 But even the darkness is not dark to you.
The night is as light as the day;
darkness and light are the same to you.
13 You made my whole being;
you formed me in my mother’s body.
14 I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way.
What you have done is wonderful.
I know this very well.
15 You saw my bones being formed
as I took shape in my mother’s body.
When I was put together there,
16 you saw my body as it was formed.
All the days planned for me
were written in your book
before I was one day old.
17 God, your thoughts are precious to me.
They are so many!
18 If I could count them,
they would be more than all the grains of sand.
When I wake up,
I am still with you.
19 God, I wish you would kill the wicked!
Get away from me, you murderers!
20 They say evil things about you.
Your enemies use your name thoughtlessly.
21 Lord, I hate those who hate you;
I hate those who rise up against you.
22 I feel only hate for them;
they are my enemies.
23 God, examine me and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any bad thing in me.
Lead me on the road to everlasting life.