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Our pastor, Mike Lee, is currently preaching through the Gospel of Matthew. This past Sunday, he preached on Matthew 7 and Jesus’ command to “judge not.” At the end of his sermon, Mike shared these 11 questions designed to help us discern a judgmental and critical spirit.

1. Am I more likely to see the sin in others than my sin?

2. When I pray, am I more likely to pray for God’s judgment on others rather than marvel at God’s amazing grace toward me?

3. Am I overly critical toward others while I give myself a pass or an excuse and justify my own sin?

4. Does my own sin ever lead me to deep remorse and repentance?

5. Do I have people whom I allow to hold me accountable for my sin and unforgiving heart?

6. Do I have a tendency to be unforgiving while expecting others to forgive me quickly?

7. Do I find joy in exposing sin in others?

8. Do I find more joy in the “gotcha” moments of exposing sin or in sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ?

9. When others see how I deal with people, will they think God is mighty to save or that God would never forgive them and there is no hope for forgiveness?

10. Do I receive correction humbly?

11. Before I correct others, do I spend time in God’s Word and prayer asking the Holy Spirit to expose my sin so that I might repent?

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9 thoughts on “11 Questions to Discern a Judgmental Heart”

  1. Volfan007 says:


    This is good stuff….very, very true.


  2. Christi says:

    Excellent! Love Pastor Mike Lee and his heart for the Word and families. Thanks for sharing!

  3. B17fortress says:

    While these points are definitely true, they are also painfully obvious — even to the person who is young in Christ.

  4. Paul t says:

    As an individual, I am commanded not to be an avenger. However, God has established the institutions of human government that are endowed with the responsiblity to judge certain actions of individuals. Without it, we would become a society of lawlessness and caos. God established government for the punishment of crimnals. See Romans 13. God established the local church with the duty to lovingly and compassioinately discipline members who consistently live immoral lives – to the end that they may be restored to fellowship. See I Corinthians. Also, the church at Corinth was exhorted to judge in matters of civil dispute between members. The parent in the home regularly judges the behavior of his/her child and meets out the appropriate discipline. All of these “judge” and do so with God’s approval. It is their God given duty. As an individual I make judgments every day. I judge what is best and what is not, and make choices between good and evil. If that stands as a rebuke to a sinning friend, then thats his problem, not mine. The point Jesus is making in the sermon on the mount is that we must first judge ourselves ( remove the beam in our own eye ), and that we are never take justice into our own hands (avenge not yourselves, but rather give place to wrath ). We must leave it in the hands of Divinely established authority. Christians who live sorry lives love to misuse this passage in order to justify their wicked lifestyle. That’s not the purpose of this passage.

  5. Jerod says:

    This is good stuff. Did he give steps to curing a judgmental heart? That’s what I need now.

    1. Alex Leslie says:

      Thanks for your honesty Jerod. So do I.

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