Did you know God never definitively said “Do not judge” in His Word? But He does warn us on how we judge.
Often times we hear someone quote Christ, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” Except Matthew 7:1 is not a command, it’s a statement of cause and effect. You see this when you read in context for the following verse says, “For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-3) Jesus is warning His disciples of the consequence of making a judgment.
Right judgment is a trait of a mature Christian (John 7:24). In fact, Paul admonishes the church in Corinth for not pronouncing judgments concerning conflicts within the church and even teaches that we will judge the world and even angels (1 Corinthians 6:1-11). When we espouse the belief “do not judge” it causes us to remain immature in the faith because we are not growing in discernment or in the knowledge of God. What we should say is “God says to judge rightly.”
In this two part series we are going to explore righteous judgement, what it means to judge rightly, and what it means to say that God is the Righteous Judge.
Thursday, September 29: Part 1 – Right Judgement
Tuesday, October 4: Part 2 – The Righteous Judge
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