Discussion Verse

“Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”” ‭‭John‬ ‭7:24‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Usually we are told not to judge at all. How do we judge correctly?

2 replies on ““Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”” ‭‭John‬ ‭7:24‬ ‭NIV‬‬”

Maybe it means to judge/discern what is good or bad for ourselves, but not another person. Maybe our judgement of others is always good. We always think the best, and let God do the rest? I think we can know what actions or behaviors are sinful, but we don’t know the motive, and that is where the judgment comes in.

Colton, I had been looking into this verse as well. The people were up in arms because Jesus healed on the Sabbath. He pointed out that they could circumcise on the Sabbath in order not to break the law. So his comment to them was “Are you angry with me because I made a man completely well on the Sabbath?” That’s when he tells them not to judge by appearance but judge with righteous judgment. They judged by what they saw, and their belief system told them that he was breaking the law. The commentary I was looking at said Jesus wanted them to rise above the letter of the law and understand the spirit of the law. He came to preserve life and to show mercy. James 2:12-13 seems to treat on this also. “So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”

Another reference to judging by appearance is the incident with the Pharisees in Mt. 23:25-28. Jesus tells them they clean the outside of the cup but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. He also likens them to whitewashed tombs which appear beautiful on the outside but inside are full of dead men’s bones. So we can’t always judge thoughts and motives of the heart by looking at the appearance. We may judge by our eyes that a person/behavior looks sinful or righteous without looking into the heart or knowing the whole story.

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