“Jesus’ instructions with regard to judging others is very simply put; He says, ‘Don’t.’ Stop having a measuring stick for other people. There is always at least one more fact, which we know nothing about, in every person’s situation. If I see a speck in your eye, it means that I have a plank of timber in my own. I have never met a person I could despair of, or lose all hope for, after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God.” –Oswald Chambers
My POV: It kills me when Christians say, “We are not judging, we are using discernment.” That is one of the stupidest statement I’ve ever heard; since anyone with a modicum of intelligence knows that ‘to discern’ is synonymous with ‘TO JUDGE’!
Jesus DID NOT say ANYTHING about discerning the lives of others AND He said EVERYTHING about discerning what’s wrong in our OWN lives. Jesus basically talked about working out our OWN Salvation. Christians MUST learn to stay in their own lanes. The Discernment excuse is just another BACKDOOR to give ourselves permission to judge others. Jesus NEVER condemned, discerned or judged anyone…. oh he didn’t have time for that since he was busy, loving, forgiving, healing, feeding and communing with them.
I love how Julie Anna Chalaph expressed it;
“Galations 6:2 actually says that “Bearing one another’s burdens” is fulfilling the law, which I totally agree with. The context is also about loving a brother SO much that you care about him enough to walk through his struggle with him. NOT point out each time he sins or “warning” him that he is going to go to hell. Big difference. It’s about relationship, not looking for specs.”