Should We Judge Our Brother?
Who has the authority to judge?
We are all guilty of sin and at one time or another, felt compelled to Judge. We have taken it upon ourselves to be Judge and Jury in someone else's life....by passing judgement.
So...why do we feel compelled to judge? If one understood the meaning behind or the consequences of placing judgement the attitude might change/differ.
To judge someone is to make a decision, form an opinion objectively, authoritivly in matters effecting action, a conclusion to precede as judge. The judgement has been made and the sentence has been handed down.
Why have we been brought to a place of judgement. How is it that our actions have an effect on us? How did we become a part of this equasion? Why do we even judge in the first place? I would like to give an example as to why we judge.
Example; If someone demands money from another and it is not rightfully their's and a relationship is compromized, would'nt it be safe to say that there may be a deep rooted issue regarding their love for money? If someone hates or despises you then is it safe to say that these emotions are instilled in "that" person to begin with? If someone is jealous of you, would it be safe to say they may have a jealous nature? If we accuse we must have equal defeciencies or we would take no part in it. Therefore we are just as guilty.
So how is it that judgement is a sin? First of all when we judge, we create/inflict/promote harm on another, therefore we are not to judge, accuse, condemn or pass judgement. Being judgemental creates hostility, anger, resentment. After all we would'nt promote/be in agreement with/facilitate such emotions if these defiencies didn't begin in us. This is why God said Matthew 7:1 "Judge not lest ye be judged".
Discernment needs to replace judgement because we are to have/be no part of judgement. Discernment means; The facualty of being able to make critical distinctions and acheive a "balanced" viewpoint. Discernment carries no fault or blame, no anger or hostility, no hatred or vengence...no judgement. The attitude of discernment is far from the attitude of which judgement comes.
Judging is a sin. It is the result of sin. If sin hadn't begun in us we would not carry this judgement or promote it/put into action. Judgement causes devision. It's intentions are evil.
I would like to share a few scripture's in the bible with you regarding judgement;
Deuteronomy 16"18 "You shall appoint judges and officers in all your gates, which the Lord your God gives you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with just judgement".
Romans 2:1 & 3 "Therefore you are inexcusible, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself, for you who judge practice the same things". And 3 "And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgement of God?".
Romans 14:13 "Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother's way".
Matthew 5:22 "But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother, without a cause, shall be in danger of the judgement. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'you fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire.
Matthew 7:2 & 3 "Judge not that you be not judged, for with what judgement you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you". And 3 "And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?".
Colossians 2:16 "So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ".
Psalm 75:7 "But God is the judge; He puts down one, and exalts another".
James 2:13 "For judgement is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgement".
Hebrews 4:12 & 13 "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart". And 13 "And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account".
2 Corinthians 5:10 & 11 "For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that each one may recieve the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad". And 11 "Knowing therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences".
Let us change our ways Oh Lord, and be more like you! Amen and Amen!!!