Man's nature has
that disgusting disease of restless prying and unseasonable
curiosity. . .called "judging", a sin that has no accompanying
pleasure but only punishment in store for it. Even if we are
the worst of men, we insist on becoming the judges
and inquisitors of our neighbours. And we love to judge and
ridicule those who are dear to God, while revering the evil ones
because of their fluent speech.
This is how we judge: this one is worthy,
the other isn't; this one is better, the other is bad; this one is
inferior, etc. . .In the meantime, we forget to look at our own evil
O man, why do you judge others? You
are to judge your own doings, not others'. Judging is God's
office, not man's.
To do good and be proud of it is displeasing
to God. To do evil and be proud of it is disgusting to God AND
this is what you do when you judge.
Ordinarily, it is impossible for man to know
all his sins; he needs someone to help and reprove him. Most
of the evils that man does escape him. There are many things
that appear fair to him but in fact are great evils. It is
even possible to do good with a wrong purpose. If it is that
difficult to know our sins, how can we judge others' sins?
So, MAN, do not judge; for by the same
judgment, God will judge you.
John Chrysostom, "On Cor."