1″Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3″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 often do we hear this scripture being quoted? “Judge not, lest you be judged.”
We make judgments every day. Judgment is a critical element in decision-making. Here, Jesus is talking about judging others. Even here, we make judgment is a critical element. Who will I associate with? Who will I marry? These are the sorts of decisions that we all make. The Apostle Paul gave many instructions that involved making judgments about others, examples being who to associate with, what to eat, and who to eat with.
We are even called upon to judge others in a legal sense as judges or jurors. God himself established judges to settle disputes among the people (The Book of Judges).
Judgment is central to discernment, determining God’s will for us in out lives.
God, of course, will be the final Judge of our lives. He sits in the Judgment Seat.
So, here are some questions we must answer for practical living regarding judgment:
What IS judgment?
What is the difference between human judgment and God’s judgment?
As the final determination, is God’s judgment legalistic?
What is the difference between judgment and discernment?
Ponder these questions. Any responses will be deeply appreciated.
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