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Good Judgment
9/9/2011

Good Judgment

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)

I think it is entirely too easy to sit back and watch other people and cast judgment upon their lives for the choices they make.  I also think it is the core of our true nature as fleshly human beings.  Unfortunately there are times when we will attempt to justify our judgment and to do so we will bring a full arsenal of dirty deeds against the person we are judging.  It is almost as if we are going before a deliberating jury panel set to exonerate or convict the individual based on our carefully chosen words.  

The Apostle Paul warns us in the verse above about such judgment.  He flat 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 and 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, 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 to be saved from sins consequences (Rom. 6:23).

I always say Satan is the master fishermen because he usually gets two fish with the same piece of bate.  First he gets the person who sinned, and then the person who responds to the sin.  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.  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 sin for identification purposes.  In other words, we can look upon one's 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, and only God does. There is 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?

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 others life so you know how to confront it in a loving way rather than a condemning way.

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 in me.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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