Chapter 16

So You Say I'm Being Judgmental?

How non-judgmental of you!

Matthew 7:3-4: “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but
considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother
Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?


1. From Matthew 7:3-4, write in your own words the two questions Jesus asked.

2. What does it mean to be judgmental?

3. According to John 3:17, did Jesus come to earth to judge?
  What did He come to do?

4. List four times when Christians are NOT to judge others.

5. Regarding disputable matters, Paul used the example of whether or not to eat certain foods. What is another example from the New Testament that was debated among early believers, but doesn’t affect our salvation? (Gal. 5:2)

6. Should Christians question (judge) the salvation of others?
  Why or why not?

7. When is it right and proper for Christians to judge?

8. The Pharisees judged others as if they themselves were beyond judgment.  How should we approach a believer, when we see a problem area?

9. When a Christian says, for example, that homosexual behavior is a sin and that same-sex marriage is wrong, he or she is often met with objections like the following:
  • “Who are you to judge two people who love each other?”
  • “Who do you think you are, telling someone who they can and cannot love? You’re a sinner, too!”
  • “Someone’s private life is none of your business. Don’t judge them.”

 How could we respond?


10. In our verses, Christ is warning believers against making judgments in a hypocritical or condemning manner.  What does Matthew 7:5 tell us we should do, before we judge another person?

11. At times people will approach us, perhaps say they got a word from the Lord, and offer criticism.  First before you accept anything that is said, make sure their words line up with God’s Word.  In Matthew 7:15-16 and 20, we are warned to beware of …

12. What is one thing we can look for, to determine if the person judging us and giving advice is someone to whom we should listen? (Luke 6:43-45)

13. In Ephesians 4:13, Paul explains the desired goal of God's work through church leaders and equipped saints when it is necessary to approach a habitual sinner in the church.  What is the goal?
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