Most savvy Christians know that the prohibition to judging in Matthew 7:1 has to do with wrong judging, and not with judging altogether.
“I didn’t know that!”
Sure. In John 7:24 Jesus commands us to judge a righteous judgment. And, here in Matthew 7, he explains that he is speaking about the one who does not first take the log out of his own eye before he removes a splinter from another’s. That comment presupposes he will judge once he has dealt with his own sin.
“I guess I hadn’t connected that rightly.”
Yeah. But there are a couple of other things in the passage that also ought to be noted.
Like v. 6.
“What has that verse got to do with the subject?”
Gladly. Here’s what Jesus said: “Don’t give what is holy to dogs; and don’t throw pearls before pigs; otherwise, they may trample them with their feet and turn on you and attack you.”
See, that has to do with judging too.
“It does? Can’t see how.”
Well, for one thing, if you want to obey it, you will have to first determine who is a dog or hog!
So, that’s judging.