I confess! I am judgmental!
When you call me judgmental are you not being judgmental? After all, you have also just judged me as being judgmental? WOW! Think and ponder upon this for a moment. Just perhaps we can balance things out by first examining our own motives before we reach a conclusion. Self examination is an ongoing part of spiritual growth! It is our attitudes that often need adjusting? Keeping in mind to judge means to analyze or evaluate as well as condemn or avenge. However whenever we do judge one another it should not be done in a retributive manner but done constructively. Not to merely tear down but to cast light on darkness or whatever is contrary to the Lord’s principles. We must pray for discernment, it is essential in order to judge righteously.
The Word is supposed to be our Life Manual. Its purpose is well stated in Timothy. “Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words, it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the WORD of TRUTH. Avoid worthless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.” II Timothy 2: 14 – 16. We should not argue over unimportant matters with foolish discussions. We should study, embrace and apply the Word to our own lives, marriages, families and life situations first and foremost. Therefore if we correct we too must be willing to be corrected. God really does know where all we are coming from. Our objective should be to continuously grow in the knowledge and grace of our Lord!
We can find strength in the Word of God! It is invaluable spiritual food for our souls. Our spirits are cleansed and made whole through the implementation of the Word within our lives. When embraced we become better equipped to perceptively navigate through this maze of life. In the Word we can find direction, encouragement, chastisements and confirmation. Meditate on this marvelous passage of Scripture;
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His Glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the Name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of Glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or a thief or any other kind of criminal, or even a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed but Praise God that you bear that name For it is time for Judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey The Gospel of God!
And if it is hard for the righteous to be SAVED, what will become of the ungodly sinner?”So then, those who suffer according to GOD’S will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do well!" I Peter 4.
I believe it said that “Judgment is to begin with the family of God!” Judging righteously is a part of discipline that helps believers determine what is right in the eyes of God. There is even a book of Judges in the Old Testament. It is a spiritual compendium of consequences for sin. God raised up judges to deliver His people. We today must strive to learn to yield to righteous judgment because so much of the world has nested itself into the Church. Time is of the essence we must be about our Father’s business. We must stay faithful and loyal to His Word and encourage others to do so as well. We must be discerning, proclaim His Word and embrace His principles ourselves. This is how we become disciplined disciples. Whenever we suffer because of this we must learn to REJOICE in HIM!
Jesus lived a sinless life in the flesh for us; he died for the sins of the world! God’s Word teaches us the Truth! “I believe in God, the Father all mighty. The Maker of Heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ the only Son of our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate was crucified, died and was buried. The third day He arose from the dead and ascended into Heaven…” (this is an excerpt from the Apostles Creed) Jesus then arose with all Power! He conquered sin in the flesh and rose so that we could have better abundant lives in every way. This is why we all need Him as Savior & Lord. God has said that we must learn to judge righteously. “It is better to obey GOD than man.” It is God the Father I fear not man!