Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Judgmental People ---- Judgmental Christians!!!


Question: "What does the Bible mean that we are not to judge others?"

Answer: 
This is an issue that has confused many people. On one hand, we are commanded by the Lord Jesus “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1). On the other hand, the Bible also exhorts us to beware of evil-doers and false prophets and to avoid those who practice all kinds of evil. How are we to discern who these people are if we do not make some kind of judgment about them? 

Christians are often accused of "judging" whenever they speak out against a sinful activity. However, that is not the meaning of the Scripture verses that state, "Do not judge." There is a righteous kind of judgment we are supposed to exercise—with
careful discernment (John 7:24). When Jesus told us not to judge (Matthew 7:1), He was telling us not to judge hypocritically. Matthew 7:2-5 declares, "For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." What Jesus was condemning here was hypocritical, self-righteous judgments of others.

In Matthew 7:2-5, Jesus warns against judging someone else for their sin when you yourself are sinning even worse. That is the kind of judging Jesus commanded us not to do. If a believer sees another believer sinning, it is their Christian duty to lovingly and respectfully confront the person with their sin (Matthew 18:15-17). This is not judging, but rather pointing out the truth in hope—and with the ultimate goal—of bringing repentance in the other person (James 5:20) and restoration to the fellowship. We are to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). We are to proclaim what God's Word says about sin. 2 Timothy 4:2 instructs us, "Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction." We are to "judge" sin, but always with the goal of presenting the solution for sin and its consequences—the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

This means, do so in LOVE, not with anger, not with personal judgement and not with your own way of punishing or hurting the person(s) you love for their sinful behavior.  Let GOD handle that part.  You are to speak the truth, lovingly and respectfully to the person you see is sinning, in hopes to let them hear the LOVE and CONCERN you have for them and the RESPECT you have of Gods commands.  When you behave mean, or with anger or bring your own personal judgment into the picture, YOU are in fact sinning worse than that you believe to be sinning. 

So I ask you to ask yourself and look at yourself in the mirror, "am I doing this MY WAY or GODS way?"  Am I doing this LOVINGLY and RESPECTFUL or am I doing this as a hypocrite, while I stand and look at myself in the mirror with a huge plank in my own eye and seeing a miserable person looking back at me in the reflection? 


Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. - Ephesians 4:29


I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. -Romans 16:17


And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. -Luke 6:31


You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. (or your child's, or your spouses, or your friends) - Matthew 7:5



What is GOD kind of love?



4      Love is always patient;13

love is always kind;

      love is never envious

or arrogant with pride.

      Nor is she conceited,

5            and she is never rude;

      she never thinks just of herself

or ever get annoyed.

      She never is resentful;

6            is never glad with sin,

      but always glad to side with truth,

whene'er the truth should win.



DO NOT BE A TWO-HEADED CHRISTIAN AND SAY ONE THING AND BEHAVE ANOTHER, FOR ALL YOU ARE DOING IS HURTING THE REPUTATION OF THE GOD YOU ARE CLAIMING TO LOVE AND DEFEND. 

 

DO NOT TALK WITH PRIDE OR BEHAVE AS IF YOU KNOW ALL.  


1 Personal Thoughts:

Angie (Angelica Grace Designs) said...

Love these posts! Awesome job! Great blog too. Thanks for being so transparent. I love it!
Another sister in Christ,
Blessings...
Angie Seaman
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