Tough Issues of Christianity: Judgment

 

Judging Others

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.

Shalom, Art

Alive in The Word

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Missouri, USA Married to Marty, 45 years 2 sons (with 2 daughers-in-law) and 2 granddaughters Life dedicated to serving Jesus Christ and delivering the Good News
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3 Responses to Tough Issues of Christianity: Judgment

  1. granbee says:

    Personally, I have given up using the word “judgment” in reference to my own God-called duty to discern. In order to avoid unnecessary friction within my church famly and my extended church family of believers around the world, I reserve the word “judgment” just to mean that power which belongs to God alone. My duty is to discern, love, obey and serve; God alone is the judge!

  2. ptl2010 says:

    If there is sin against the Word of God there must be judgment
    We cannot judge if we are guilty of the same sin
    We do not love if we do not judge and help make right a wrong situation
    Some parents do not love their children when they close their eyes to their
    children’s sins today and would rather let the law of the land judge them
    The Bible says it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God
    When we sin. let us confess sins and forsake sins while He speaks in love,
    Do not wait for His judgment. .How often we fail to judge ourselves.

  3. writinggomer says:

    Judgment as it relates to other people, we need to judge some things. If so, judgment needs to be on the facts, it also needs to be first hand information, not the gossip heard from whomever. Very important…judge the person’s action according to the Word of God…Do Not Judge the Person! Judging the person is God’s job, not ours.

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