Guest Post: Judge Not by Cecil May, III

1.23.14What Did Jesus Mean When He Preached,  “Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:1) ?

In our Wednesday night class this week, we made a list of the kind of attitude/action/speech that Jesus was warning against in the “judge not” passage of the Sermon on the Mount. In making this statement, what is it that Jesus wants from his disciples? Here is the list we came up with.

  •         Do not judge according to appearance.
  • Do not assign motive without knowledge.
  • Do not be conceited or haughty, considering yourself better than others.
  • Do not be unmerciful or without compassion in regards to another persons faults.
  • Do not characterized by fault-finding.
  • Do not be quick to see another’s fault while being blinded to your own faults.
  • Do not tear others down in an attempt to make yourself look better.
  • You reap what you sow in your treatment of others.
  • Believe the best in other people.
  • Remember regarding events in the life of other people that there are things we do not know.
  • Do not participate in gossip and rumors.
  • Remember you are not always right.
  • The Lord is Judge.
  • Do not hold others to a higher standard than you do yourself.
  • Let judgment begin with yourself.
  • Do all with love.


Cecil May, III is the longtime minister for the Parkway Church of Christ in Fulton, KY.