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Judgment & Judging
9/1/2017

Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. Romans 2:1 (NKJV)

If there is one thing that is entirely too easy to do, it’s to sit and watch others and then cast judgment upon their lives for the bad choices they make.  I also think it is at the core of our true fleshly nature.

The Apostle Paul warns us in the verse above about such judgment. He flatly tells us we will be condemning ourselves because we practice the same things as those whom we bring judgment upon. This means when we point our little fingers in anger and bitterness, or perhaps we sneer piously at someone when making our case, we are bringing judgment upon ourselves. 

Paul was emphatically stressing none of us are good enough to save ourselves. If we want to avoid punishment and live eternally with Christ, we must depend totally on God’s grace—regardless of whether we have been murderers, thieves, or have been honest and hardworking solid citizens (Eph. 2:8-9).  Paul is not discussing whether some sins are worse than others—any sin is enough to lead us to depend on Jesus Christ for salvation and eternal life.  We have all sinned repeatedly, and there is no way apart from Christ for us to be saved from sin’s consequences (Rom. 6:23).

I like to say, “Satan is the master fishermen, because he usually gets two fish with the same piece of bait.  First he tempts and catches the person who initially sins, and then he usually hooks the next person by tempting them to respond to the sin with bitterness, unforgiveness, or condemnation.”  Whether it is judging or just being angry or refusing to forgive, it doesn’t matter, because they are all equal sin in God’s eyes, regardless of how we may attempt to justify our actions.  Jesus gave us the truth about what we must do if we are to expect His grace.

“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37 (NKJV)

I want to make a clarification here in reference to judging — there is a difference of bringing a condemning judgment upon someone for a sin in their life, and simply judging the act of sin itself.  We are to judge for identification purposes.  In other words, we can look upon ones' actions and make a wise judgment as to whether their actions are right or wrong according to God’s Word.  Jesus told us we would know non-believers by this way.

"You will know them by their fruits." Matthew 7:16 (NKJV)

What we cannot do is judge someone to condemnation.  We do not have this right—only God does. There is a big difference between judging one to condemnation and simply judging their actions to be sinful, but God will allow us to inherently know the difference between identifying something not right versus self-righteously condemning someone with hostility. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Romans 2:1, and Luke 6:37 why shouldn’t we judge another person in a condemning way?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself condemning others in areas you have been guilty of?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:  Ask God to reveal any areas where you may have or might be judging others wrongly.  Ask Him to lead you by the Spirit when you see sin in another's life so you know how to confront it in a loving way rather than a condemning way.

PRAYER: Father, I apologize for the times where I have looked upon others and have cast judgment upon them.  Would You please continue to convict me when I do this within my mind?  Continue to show me areas I need to lay down before You and allow You to change me.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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