1Helen P = "Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.This means to judge righteously and fairly, because the measure in which you use to judge others will be used to judge you. If you judge others with discrimination and harsh thoughts, you will be judged by others in the same way. When you make an opinion about someone for doing something that you feel is wrong, and turn your back on them, you will be treated the same by those who feel that YOU have done something wrong. This passage is simply saying: Use the same type of judgment on others that you would want to be judged by."
3Cary W = "The problem with using scripture to judge people is that a dogmatic or legalistic tone is usually present, and sometimes even harshness and outright condemnation ensues. Best to let the Lord give us discernment on what to see and how to respond. It is after all, the mercies of the Lord that lead us to repentance."
4Cary W = "We are to make judgments based on righteousness, exposing the ungodliness and ignorance so that it may be transformed or expelled from our midst. But in all of this we must go very careful in how we deliver our judgments, being ever aware of our own weakness and lowly condition. Jesus judged based on His perfect standing with the Father; our use of judgment must come from humility and tenderness."
5Cary W = "Test the spirits to see if they are of God. And pray for discernment, cry out for understanding, and pray without ceasing to hear directly from God on any matter or person."