If I hear one more person say, “Who are you to judge?”, I am going to scream. May I suggest that in many respects the reason people get so worked up over this issue is because they are doing something that the Holy Spirit is convicting them of, or they are guarding themselves from being convicted.
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”
It is clear in these verses that Jesus wasn’t saying that we shouldn’t look at another person’s actions and then call them out on it. He was saying that we must be careful that we never judge, or call a person out on something, that we have not first settled in our own lives. In other words, we had better not think about correcting a brother about gossiping if we have not dealt with that issue in our own life.
Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
The Bible is clear that we are to watch out for one another, which includes addressing the sin in one another’s lives. This is one of the ways that the church, the bride of Christ stays pure. The apostle Paul did this on numerous occasions. Of course there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it, but we must never shy away from such correction because we are afraid of the response.
Godly correction begins with introspection, examining our own hearts (removing the plank out of our own eye). It is then and only then that we can start the delicate process of removing the speck from a fellow Christian’s eye. It is the loving thing to do.