The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Righteous Judgment

"The most fundamental principle is contained in the Savior's commandment that we 'judge not unrighteously,... but judge righteous judgment' (JST, Matt. 7:1-2, footnote a; see also John 7:24; Alma 41:14).... The gospel is a gospel of hope, and none of us is authorized to deny the power of the Atonement to bring about a cleansing of individual sins, forgiveness, and a reformation of life on appropriate conditions."

Dallin H. Oaks 
"'Judge Not' and Judging" 
"Ensign," Aug. 1999, 9

"In the intermediate judgments we must make, we should take care to judge righteously. We should seek the guidance of the Spirit in our decisions. We should limit our judgments to our own stewardships. Whenever possible we should refrain from judging people until we have an adequate knowledge of the facts. So far as possible, we should judge circumstances rather than people. In all our judgments we should apply righteous standards. And, in all of this we must remember the command to forgive."

Dallin H. Oaks 
"'Judge Not' and Judging" 
"Ensign," Aug. 1999, 13

"Even the Savior, during His mortal ministry, refrained from making final judgments. We see this in the account of the woman taken in adultery. After the crowd who intended to stone her had departed, Jesus asked her about her accusers. 'Hath no man condemned thee?' (John 8:10). When she answered no, Jesus declared, 'Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more' (John 8:11). In this context the word condemn apparently refers to the final judgment (see John 3:17). The Lord obviously did not justify the woman's sin. He simply told her that He did not condemn her--that is, He would not pass final judgment on her at that time. This interpretation is confirmed by what He then said to the Pharisees: 'Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man' (John 8:15). The woman taken in adultery was granted time to repent, time that would have been denied by those who wanted to stone her."

Dallin H. Oaks 
"'Judge Not' and Judging" 
"Ensign," Aug. 1999, 8

"Each of these people seemed to have made his own determination about worthiness. We do not have to be hindered by self-judgment. All of us have the benefit and added wisdom of a bishop and a stake president to help us determine our worthiness and, if necessary, to assist us to begin the process of becoming worthy to accomplish whatever goal we wish to achieve. When we take it upon ourselves to pass self-judgment and simply declare, "I am not worthy," we build a barrier to progress and erect blockades that prevent our moving forward. We are not being fair when we judge ourselves. A second and third opinion will always be helpful and proper."

Marvin J. Ashton 
"On Being Worthy" 
"Ensign," May 1989, 20

"Hyrum Smith also learned in this one verse [D&C 11:12] that the Spirit leads us 'to judge righteously.' Though we must curb the tendency to judge others, judgment is inevitable. Every decision we make requires a judgment. Have you ever helped to resolve an argument among your children and restored peace? Have you ever realized that your opinion of someone is incorrect? These are instances where the Spirit may be leading you to judge righteously."

Jay E. Jensen 
"Have I Received an Answer from the Spirit?" 
"Ensign," Apr. 1989, 24

"The Lord's estimate of a man's worth is based upon his daily conduct, what he is from the center of his heart out. A man's outward appearance and what he claims or professes will carry no weight with him, for God looketh upon the heart. (1 Sam. 16:7.)" - Hugh B. Brown, "Continuing the Quest," p.278

“Righteousness brings discernment. How comforting it is to know that on judgment day we shall be treated fairly and justly and in the light of the total, true picture and the discernment of the Judge!

“A similar power of discernment and perception comes to men as they become perfect and the impediments which obstruct spiritual vision are dissolved.” – “The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball,” edited by Edward L. Kimball, p. 156

"Good judgment is needed not only in understanding people but also in facing decisions that often lead us to or away from our Heavenly Father. As I look back over my own personal life, I can see many instances in which a slight change of course based on poor judgment would have led me far from where the Lord wanted me to be—decisions like having a family while obtaining an education, being active in all aspects of the gospel, paying tithes and offerings when income was severely limited, and accepting callings at difficult times, which helped me to understand more about sacrifice. Many blessings in life are missed because worldly judgment was applied to what was really a spiritual decision." - Gregory A. Schwitzer, "Developing Good Judgment and Not Judging Others," Ensign (CR) May 2010

Don't judge me because I sin differently than you. - Dieter F. Ucthdorf, General Conference, April 2012

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