This passage is often used by those who don’t want someone to tell them that they are living in sin and need to repent, although it was not directed to the victim of judgment.
The judged should consider the words spoken to them and examine their lives. Perhaps they were rebuked in a condescending way, or perhaps they were reproved in compassion and concern for their soul.
Whatever the case, it never hurts for one to examine themselves and the fruit that others see in their life.
Solomon says, “Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you. Reprove a wise man and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser. Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.” (Proverbs 9:8-9)
Again he says, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.” (Proverbs 12:15)
A fool says, “You can’t judge me!” when reproved. A wise man considers the words, humbly examines his life and makes any necessary changes to live more a godly life.
The judge should also examine his life when he is tempted to point out another’s faults. There may be a log that is sticking out of my own eye when I want to tell my brother about the speck in his.
If this is the case, I make myself a hypocrite and my words lose their power. If we are compassionless and unmerciful in our judgment of others, we can expect the Lord to reciprocate the same kind of judgment to us.
If we choose to condemn others and mistake God’s authority for our own right, we are writing our own eternal death sentence because He has every right to condemn us because of our sin.