Luke 6:36-45 New International Version (NIV)
37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
39 He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.
41 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
Judge: to decide, distinguish, condemn, call into question, damn, conclude, discriminate.
Condemn: To pronounce guilty.
We are so often told to not judge others these days. we are expected to be tolerant and accepting. this is true however there are certain things that we need to judge but at all times we need to be merciful as the Lord is merciful. Mercy is to be gracious, clement, charitable, compassionate, lenient. God shows us mercy every day so we need to follow His example.
Would we like to be judged on our best day or our worst? Would we like to have people show us compassion if we make a mistake? The Lord asks us to be merciful before He shares with us in this Scripture about judging. We would all like to be judged fairly without unfair discrimination.
The verses above tell us that with what measure we judge others we will be judged. With what measure we condemn others we will be condemned.
The “golden rule” as quoted by people is “treat others the way we would like to be treated.” This is a really good way to think before we judge people.