It has been said by some that judgment is fear. Hmmm. Let’s examine this. Judgment is the forming of an opinion, estimate, notion, or conclusion, as from circumstances presented to the mind [dictionary.com]. Now, if this definition is true, then judgment involves a process of observation, collation, conclusion and an emotional stance based on ‘externally’ based and sensed events, occurrences, situations, circumstances and the behaviors of people that is presented to the mind.
Some erroneously confuse discernment with judgment. Discernment is an acuteness of judgment AND understanding [dictionary.com] that removes the emotional attachment to the conclusion. In other words, discernment isa ‘mental’ activity whereas judgment involves an emotional response based on learned circumstances and behaviors. It is a ‘lower’ form of evaluation (assessing the significance, worth, or quality of experiences) involved with the ‘reactive’ mind whereas discernment is a ‘higher’ form of the ‘proactive’ mind.
When you judge someone else it could be fear based, however, to say that ‘judgment is fear’ is not entirely correct. You can judge another’s behavior as not being effective or fulfilling without trying to change them or move them emotionally. If you do try, then you ARE emotionally attached to their outcomes and personalize it based on the fear that you are generating. Instead of being fear based, why not be faith based and choose to evaluate experiences without attaching any emotions to them?
When you truly discern another’s behavior,you are not ‘emotionally invested’ in any outcome whatsoever. You live and let live without attaching any emotional agenda and subsequent agenda manifestation. This comes from ‘understanding’ that each and every person has a right to walk their own path and derive their own experience without your perceived ‘emotional superiority’. This is why Yeshua said, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.’
When you judge another’s behavior without ‘understanding’ what they have experienced on their walk, you are judging yourself as being somehow ‘superior’ to another. When you discern another’s behavior, you ‘understand’ their path as being revealed to them and NOT you. You allow them the dignity of their own experience without attaching ‘how you would have handled it’ to the situation.
Judgment is a process involving evaluation and fear (emotional attachment) whereas discernment involves evaluation and understanding without ANY emotional attachment. Discernment has sometimes been referred as 'sound' judgment. Remember, Yeshua NEVER said, “Discern not, lest you be discerned.” ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)