by Richard Laue

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Judging Judgment (12 of 17)
Series: The Epistle of James
Richard Laue
James 4:11-12

James says, "Who are you that judges another?" That is a good question. "Who do you think you are that you would judge me?" "Who do I think I am that I could judge you?"

Two more questions: How many of you believe that sometime in your life you have been judged by someone? How many of you know that you have judged others? You are guilty of judgment. This ought to be a good time today, since it looks like we are all involved one way or another.

James' goal here is still to build up leaders, master teachers. He is maturing the saints. Warren Wiersbe's book on James is entitled, Be Mature.

Today, we want to raise three questions and attempt to answer them on the subject. First, what is it to judge your brother? (Definition) Second, why is it wrong to judge your brother? (Sin) Third, what are the alternatives to judging your brother? (Options)


The word used in our text is "krino." It has many meanings and is used in a variety of ways, depending upon the context. It means ...
"to make a distinction; come to a decision."
"to try in a solemn judicial manner."
"to pass sentence or give one's opinion."
"to discern from a mental judgment or opinion."
"to esteem preferring one to another."
"to condemn to punishment."
"to be called into question."
"to make a resolve."

So there is good judgment and bad judgment. The part we are not to do is pass sentence upon other believers. We are not ever allowed to condemn anyone at anytime for any reason.

James defines how he is using the word here in the text, because he says, "Speak not evil one of another, brethren."

Every week we get messages on the roll cards, which you turn in. It is always interesting to read these cards. Today, I want to test you and see if we can decide what is judgmental and what isn't. Isn't this fun?

1. "It's too cold in here!" Is that judging? Yes, it ...

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