Scriptures are from the King James Bible
Matthew 7:1 - Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Many people, even bonafide sinners, know that scripture. I’ve heard that passage quoted numerous times. In some instances, we’ve heard it quoted by folks who rebel against godly rebuke. Their aim is to misplace the blame on the ones who God has truly sent to give rebukes as judgment against sinful conduct.
It’s certainly wrong to engage in malicious, self-righteous and mean-spirited judging. But the judging issue should be kept in perspective. The Holy Bible has a whole book titled Judges. GOD appointed them.
In the Old and New Testaments, there are accounts of GOD sending His messengers to judge. GOD judges righteously and when He sends His holy messengers, they obediently deliver righteous judgment messages. John the Baptist had his head cut off for judging King Herod!
Some folks prefer to perceive GOD as “warm and fuzzy,” issuing out blessings, forgiveness and mercy. Yes, that is indeed GOD. But He’s a full gospel GOD who also issues punishments for evil deeds and sinful lifestyles.
Here are some scriptural references that prove that righteous judgment is Holy Bible truth:
Isaiah 59:15 - KJV
...and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
Proverbs 31:9 - Open thy mouth, judge righteously,…
1 Corinthians 2:15 - But he that is spiritual judgeth all things,…
The Acts 13: 9, 10 - Then Saul, (who is also called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
Note: Verse 9 states that Paul was FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST when he issued that flaming rebuke.
Romans 13:4 - But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
1 Corinthians 4:21 - What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?
Revelation 11:5 - …fire proceedeth out of their mouth,…
Revelation 11:10 - …these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
I’ve heard people say that they don’t share truth with others because they don’t want to offend. Well, the Holy Bible says that Jesus offended people. He offended people so much that religious folks crucified Him. Offending people is par for the course when living full gospel truth. In some aspects, darkness exists and flourishes because not enough of GOD’S people offend.
We all need to be rebuked. We need to give rebuke and we need to receive it, but only as the Spirit leads. Ephesians 4:15, “But speaking the truth in love,…” When we abide in our Lord, He teaches us how to judge righteously. Some folks have a practice of self-righteously judging. Abiding in GOD teaches us to discern who is legit and who isn’t legit. Christians and others who rebel against godly judgments hinder their souls, and spiritual profitability.
Full gospel holy GOD, please teach us how to judge righteously and to steadfastly live of the gospel of Your glorious kingdom.
Thank You, Lord - Amen.
Written October 16, 2012
Non Scriptural content - Copyright 2013 - S. Hicks
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