Good JUDGEMENT, judge or not judge?
Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Matthew 7:1 KJV
There are different meanings to the word “judge”.
Of course we are to judge. Good judgement, sound mind and healthy perception is a grand part of a well-balanced human being.. This is true.
Of course Christian conscience and compassion that leads us not to render critical and condemning judgement is also a part of the word. This contrasting thought is also true.
In the same context of scripture where Jesus told people “judge not that ye be not judged” He went on to say a few verses later; “throw not your pearls before the swine.”
Was he conflicting Himself in what He said? No! He was making it clear that His guidance would give us balance and healthy understanding of how to be cautious and discerning and STILL be Christ-like in nature, and have a loving temperament and compassion. A forgiving temperament is certainly a part healthy human behavior and Christ in us, (if we allow Him in!)
The leadership of the Holy Spirit and a living well-adjusted sense of balance: can help us see when and how to be judgemental or avoid being judgemental. We do not want to be duped into dangerous situations by deceptive people and influences. That is good judgement at work.
Neither do we want to be unforgiving, harsh or unnecessarily critical. We should have a positive, uplifting, encouraging approach to people and be steadily willing to treat them with mercy and Grace as we would like to be treated ourselves.
Both are true Simultaneously. Like so many issues in life, we need healthy balance. We need the active living, constant direction of the Holy Spirit to know when the judge and when not to. I guess whether we judge or not, we need good JUDGMENT!