Back when I talked about the difference between a real Christian and a hypocrite, there was so much more to say. Many in this world ridicule Christians for judging others and being hypocrites. Others see us as judgmental, yet they judge us most harshly.
God gives us instruction in His Word about judgment and how He wants us to treat a wayward Christian brother or sister – what our response should be to sin in the lives of others, as well as our own.
While it would require many blog posts to cover all of it, today let’s just stick a toe into the topic. I was amazed when I stumbled upon these words from David in The Book of Psalms this week.
Let the godly strike me! It will be a kindness! If they reprove me, it is soothing medicine. Don’t let me refuse it. (Psalm 141:5a)
Have you ever prayed for this before? Do you welcome correction from others? It certainly goes against the grain of our human response, doesn’t it? David, being a man after God’s own heart, set a real example for us here.
How we need others around us who will sharpen us!
As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend. (Proverbs 27:17)
Society today is all too sensitive about correction of any kind. It’s increasingly harder to share what God’s Word says about sin without being called a hater. I hear this often said, randomly, as someone is talking. They interrupt themselves to interject this command.
Don’t you judge me!
Since when did living an obedient life interject my standards on others? Even when I do (all too rarely, unfortunately) share God’s Word, when did sharing what God said transfer to being judgmental?
We all make judgments every day. We evaluate others to decide who will be our friend. There’s judgment in that. When we go shopping, we judge how we feel about every item we see. Is it good quality? Is it worth the price?
At the start of our day, we judge our to-do list and allocate priorities. So much judgment is a part of our day! How can we avoid it?
How do we get others to soften their sensitivity to judgment? Are we to zip our lips? I think we’ve had enough of that. Don’t you agree? That’s why this country is in such a mess…too many years of silence from Christians.
It’s loving to share God’s Word. It’s caring, too.
It’s loving to help others see the light…lovingly.
It’s loving to hold one another to higher standards…God’s standards.
It’s loving to hold yourself and your family to those higher standards, too.
David proved it.
Love yourself and others. Love me, too. Go ahead – judge me! I need it.
I leave you with one of my favorite songs. How I longed for young friends to hear this song and respond in kind as we watched a child walk away from God and family.
Make the judgment call to be in the Lord’s house for worship today. Let’s sing His praises on this spectacular Sunday!