“Do not judge…” (Matthew 7:1).
The particular verb and grammar utilized by Matthew in recording Jesus’ words is clear and emphatic. The present tense reveals this as something to be avoided now, tomorrow, and forever. The active voice indicates it to be a behavior determined by the individual; each one deciding whether to be obedient to this teaching or ignore it. Finally, the imperative mood points to a non-negotiable command for the followers of Christ. We must never allow the grace that brought us into the Kingdom of God to become a platform for the self-righteous judgment of others. How tragic that the church of God’s redemptive mercies often becomes a place of condemnation.