- These verses talk about the sin of pride & self-righteousness (which leads to judgment), and tongue trouble (slander).
"Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another." Do not speak evil
of one another (that means no badmouthing, no unfairly criticizing, no
being derogatory, no uttering malicious reports).
When we judge our brothers and sisters in Christ and speak against
them, we're putting ourselves in God's place, setting ourselves up as
the Judge of God's children. In the meantime, we're insulting and
speaking against the Law, not keeping it. We're judging the Law to be
inferior to our own personal law which apparently approves slandering.
God is the only Lawgiver and Judge! He alone can forgive and show mercy
to those who have broken His Law or punish those who do not repent.
Don't try to take God's job. Who are we to judge, condemn, and punish
other Christians (by hurting their feelings and their reputation with
our words) based on our own version of justice and law?
- "Do not judge" is probably one of the most misunderstood phrases in the Bible . You can read more about this issue on my blog at http://bornagainandblessed.blogspot.com/.../do-not...
. We're commanded to confront, rebuke, correct, and lovingly redirect
those who violate God's law (Matthew 18:15-17; Acts 20:31; Titus
1:10-16). However, the rebukes should never consist of badmouthing/
slandering but should be done with love, grace, gentleness and motives
meant to restore that person.