Walking Through Romans
“In Need of a Savior”
This post goes along with the lessons posted at the end of this writing.
What is the difference between judge and JUDGE?
What a confusing question! If you have been around long enough or you are in any way keeping up with the times there is much confusion about, “JUDGING.” We all know that confusion comes from our enemy, “Satan” and not from God. I wound like to point out that most of the people using this verse are not Christians! I am not saying this to gloat I am saying this to draw our attention to the schemes of the devil. And to draw our hearts in prayer for their salvation! I would also like to point out that some believers are confused about this as well. We who understand need to be in prayer for the church, that God would show them the truth of His Word!
The Mantra of our day is,
“Judge Not Lest You Be Judged!”
There is a Biblical truth in this statement because it is Scripture after all. But the problem comes in when this passage is twisted and distorted and used out of its context! It is just like Satan to put enough doubt in our minds to make the believer fall for his lies.
The Truth is we cannot JUDGE but we can judge!
Let’s look at the principle of Judging and see what the Scriptures say is the proper usage of it. We are going to ask 3 questions that will walk us through the scriptures, and I pray, that at the end of this post we will have a proper Biblical understanding of judging!
Here are three questions we can ask from the Scriptures to help in our understanding of Judging!
- Can we as believers judge?
- If the answer is yes, who can I judge?
- What is judging?
Can We As Believers Judge?
We are going to compare two passages of Scripture to answer this question.
If we read only Matthew 7:1-2 and Romans 2:1-2 and stop there we will misinterpret them. This is what is happening. Most people can quote this part but they neglect to pull in the rest of the verses. So, let’s read Matthew 7:3-5 and see what they say.
Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the l;go that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘let me take the speck out of your eye, and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrites, 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.
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye,
Judgment starts with me! The instructions in Matthew and Romans is to examine, “Judge” yourself first. Our first business is with ourselves. You and I need to be examining ourselves against the back drop of the Scriptures. We need to preach the gospel to ourselves before we ever preach it to someone else.
You and I will always be dealing with our sinful flesh. We are not perfect. The only perfection that dwells in us is the Holy Spirit of Christ.
The main point in all of this, is that we recognize that we are a sinner, saved by the grace of God, and are in need of sanctification. As we examine ourselves against the light of Scriptures and see something in us that needs grace,we repent and rely on Christ and the working of the Holy Spirit in us to work and sanctify.
If we are mending our own fences, if we are examining the LOG in our own eye there will be humility instead of criticism.
Yes, we as believers can judge, but it starts with me!
Can I Judge Others?
Matthew 7:5 says, “Take the log out of your own eye; and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brothers eye.”
We can judge our brothers and sisters in Christ!
GASP!!!!!- We can judge. I will be perfectly honest here, this makes me sick to think that Christ has given me/you the:
to judge my brothers and sisters in Christ!
This is not a license to go to church or our ladies groups and start making a list of our sisters sin. That should be the last thing on your mind.
Now, we have determined that we can in fact judge with humility. What does it mean to judge?
The word judge itself means, to sift out and analyze evidence. To distinguish, choose, separate or discriminate; then to distinguish between good and evil. right and wrong, without necessarily passing and adverse sentence.
Taking the speck out of your brothers or sisters eye is sign that we can take the speck out. We can judge our brothers or sisters sin in the light of Scripture.
There are three ways that I can see this is to be done!
- One on One Conversation
- With the Word of God
Remember we are to be continually looking at ourselves. We must never forget this, for when we do we have moved from humility to criticism.
I believe the Lord opens our eyes to see the speck in my sisters eye in order for me to pray for her. Sometimes a one on one talk is necessary but it must be bathed in prayer. This prayer should come from a heart that desires the glory of God and the good of the person. The motive for “judging” is love! Our desire should be for the growth and sanctification for the one in which we are praying.
One on One
Look at what Paul says in Galatians 6:1, ” Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.”
If anyone is caught in any trespass, you restore such a one. Paul is saying that there is a time for one on one conversation. You are to restore, build them back up with gentleness with the truth. Look to yourself so that you will not be tempted. Satan will tell you, you do not have a right to restore but the word says differently.
James 5:19-20 says, “My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.”
James is speaking to the believer. The message is, if another brother or sister strays from the truth, you brethren, turn them back. This will take a one on one conversation.
We speak the Truth in Love Through the Word of God.
Our only standard in which we can judge another is through the truth of God’s word! Nothing else. We cannot judge on opinion or our own standards. But, when we a know a truth from the word of God we cannot stray from it. if God says something is sin, then it is sin! It is through the authority of the Scriptures that I have a basis to pray for, or go to my brother or sister in Christ to bring them back.
Hard stuff I know. But we cannot let Satan have our ground! We must stand for truth! It is Biblical to judge our brothers and sisters in Christ!
“For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from among yourselves.” 1 Corinthians 5:12-13
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