Judging

During the Holocaust a lot of people risked their lives trying to stop the evil that was taking place all around them.

People like Irena Sendler who saved around 2,500 children! But in order to do this she had to JUDGE that there are evil people in the world. But to hear some talk you would think that her actions were evil because she had to judge others!

Police judge people all the time, while they are not the ultimate judge they do judge who gets to go home right away, and who goes to jail. When they judge they take people who are potentially dangerous to others off the street. They like Irena Sendler do a tremendous amount of good with their judging.

When a child comes home with all A’s on their report card, do you respond with how evil the teacher was to actually judge your child? Or are you happy that they judged your child? Positive reinforcement is another form of judgement.

The most commonly abused Bible verse is Matt 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. But if one carefully reads the entire Bible you will discover many verses that reveal that this verse isn’t talking about all judging. It only refers to hypocritical judging.

2 Tim 4:2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.

The word rebuke means to criticize sharply. Which is another way of saying judge.

Luke 17:3 So watch yourselves.“If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.

1 Tim. 5:20But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove before everyone, so that the others may take warning.

The word reprove means to scold or correct usually gently or with kindly intent, which is another form of judging.

Titus 1:13 This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith

1 Corinthians 6:1-5 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?

While not all judging is good sometimes it is essential. We will one day judge angels and we are to get into practice by judging wisely here one earth.

 

 

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