In the world but not of it

February 9, 2010

Judge more, love less…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Who are you to condemn someone else’s servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let him judge whether they are right or wrong. And with the Lord’s help, they will do what is right and will receive his approval. Romans 14:4

In this text the word condemn is also the same word for judge. It actually means to form or give an opinion after separating and considering the particulars of a case. It makes the assumption that a person has weighed the evidence and knows all the facts.

While it is appropriate to confront a brother or sister in the Lord regarding sin or issues in their lives that may need attention, this passage is more about our own attitude towards others and how we arrive at conclusions about people rather than going to the person themselves.

Since we cannot know all the facts pertaining to another’s life and circumstances then it is clear that only the Lord can and that each person, as our text states, is responsible to the Lord.

What is it about us that makes us believe we can judge and critique another’s service to the Lord? Why is that we constantly cry out to the Lord for direction and confirmation about the things concerning our own lives but we have everyone else’s life figured out?

Our sinful nature never wants to die. We have turned gossip and backbiting others into an Olympic sport. We love to discuss other people’s affairs and situations and we do so with confident opinions about what they really should be doing or how they should be living.

Instead of praying for our brothers and sisters in Christ and asking God to bless them, we instead curse them by our selfish thoughts. Rather than thanking the Lord that in His wisdom He saw fit to use a person differently than perhaps in the way we’ve been accustomed to seeing them, we instead assume the person has walked away from the Lord or is no longer under the shelter of His wing.

What a dangerous place we put ourselves in when our hearts are bent towards this type of attitude.

When is the last time we sat with that person and really understood how the Lord is working in their lives? Do we realize just how many opinions and judgments exist in our hearts about others? Maybe today we need to sit at the Lord’s feet and seek forgiveness and grace for such evil actions.

Yes, we are all guilty to some extent. Even worse, we’ve convinced ourselves that it is not sin to discuss the affairs of others but rather conversation…

Father forgive us for such wickedness. How arrogant and proud we are that we judge your servants. It is completely unfathomable that any one of us would even dare to look at the life of another and profess to understand how you are using them or working in their lives.

The more you judge, the less you love…

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