But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.

1 Corinthians 4:3-4 KJV


Paul had an understanding of the weakness of human nature; we all fail.

We want to do good, we aim to do good and live right but we always fall short. That’s why God covers us with His wonderful grace.

In the meantime, we have to be very careful because someone is always passing judgment. Paul said he would not let himself be judged by man’s judgment. 

Man always judges you without knowing much. They don’t know where you’ve come from, what you’re going through, and they don’t know the details of why something is happening.

They rush to judgment, and sometimes, that can be so hurtful and destructive. 

Paul refused to let himself be given over to people who didn’t know all the details of why things were taking place in his life!

He wasn’t trying to justify anything or make an excuse, but he knew people didn’t know everything they needed to know to make a righteous judgment. Paul even refused to condemn himself – that’s the key to this verse!

Paul wasn’t saying to not examine yourself. We need to examine ourselves, but don’t condemn yourself. Don’t scrutinize or get down on yourself or you’ll be a divided kingdom, and nothing works with a divided kingdom. 

You have to be on your own team! Why? Because God is! That’s what Paul was saying in this verse – he wasn’t going to let people destroy him by their condemnation, nor was he going to judge himself because he couldn’t comprehend why his heart was one way and his mind was another way.

Paul trusted that God knew everything going on in his life. You have to trust that God knows everything and that He is going to work everything out for your favor and your good!