JUDGING

 

   Matt 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not  judged.

 

Judging is a trait of the unsaved.

 

Judging is a trait of an immature Christian.

 

What does the Bible teach about judging?

 

I. JUDGE NOT OTHERS

 

Matt 7:1‑5

 

Why do we judge?

 

A. We become judgmental out of anger.

 

Unrestrained anger will not solve any

problem.

 

Prov 19:19‑20 19 A man of great wrath

              shall suffer punishment:

              for if thou deliver him,

              yet thou must do it again.

              20 Hear counsel, and

              receive instruction, that

              thou mayest be wise in thy

              latter end.

 

Prov 19:11 The discretion of a man

           deferreth his anger; and it

           is his glory to pass over a  transgression.

 

Anger is a detrament.

 

Prov 27:3‑4  3 A stone is heavy, and the

            sand weighty; but a fool's

            wrath is heavier than them

            both.

             4 Wrath is cruel, and anger

            is outrageous; but who is

            able to stand before envy?

           

UNleashed anger is foolish.

 

Eccles 7:9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to

           be angry: for anger resteth

           in the bosom of fools.

 

Prov 22:24 24 Make no friendship with an

           angry man; and with a furious

           man thou shalt not go:

           25 Lest thou learn his ways,

           and get a snare to thy soul.

          

Unleashed anger is like a city with no

walls.

 

No self‑control

 

Prov 25:28 He that hath no rule over his

           own spirit is like a city

           that is broken down, and

           without walls.

 

Prov 29:22 An angry man stirreth up

           strife, and a furious man

           aboundeth in transgression.

          

Allow rules to work for,  not against

you

 

Psa 37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake

         wrath: fret not thyself in any

         wise to do evil.

 

Gal 5:19‑21 wrath is a fruit of the

flesh

 

Eph 4:26,31

 

Tells us to be angry and sin not.

 

Col 3:8 But now ye also put off all

        these; anger, wrath, malice,

        blasphemy, filthy communication

        out of your mouth.

 

Cain  Gen 4:5‑8

 

Simeon & Levi ‑ Gen 34 slew the Hivites

 

Naaman ‑ angry with Elisha 2 Kings 5:12

 

Haman at Mordicai Esther 3:5

 

Jonah angry when his gourd withered ‑

 

Jonah 4:1‑2,4,9

 

Herod at the wise men Matt 2:16

 

People of Nazareth at Jesus Luke 4:28

 

Jews at Stephen Acts 7:54‑58

 

Unleashed wrath has never been an efficent

means of settling a dispute.

 

 B. Judgment comes from envy

 

Prov 27:4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is

          outrageous; but who is able to

          stand before envy?

 

Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in

             the day; not in rioting and

             drunkenness, not in

             chambering and wantonness,

             not in strife and envying.

            

1 Cor 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and

           is kind; charity envieth not;

           charity vaunteth not itself,

           is not puffed up,

 

2 Cor 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I

            come, I shall not find you

            such as I would, and that I

            shall be found unto you such

            as ye would not: lest there

            be debates, envyings,

            wraths, strifes,

            backbitings, whisperings,

            swellings, tumults:

 

1 Peter 2:1‑2  1 Wherefore laying aside

              all malice, and all guile,

              and hypocrisies, and

              envies, and all evil

              speakings,

               2 As newborn babes,

              desire the sincere milk of

              the word, that ye may grow

              thereby:

 

C. We become judgmental when we are

   filled with pride.

 

Yes we think we know it all.

 

We think we are in a position to judge

others.

 

One reason we should be slow to judge

others is the fact that when we are

judging others we loose sight of our own

wrong doing.

 

When we get on a drum beat to find fault

in others we are not looking at

ourselves.

 

Matt 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote

         that is in thy brother's eye,

         but considerest not the beam

         that is in thine own eye?

        

When we judge others we are actually

setting ourselves up as God.

 

For He and he only has the right to

judge.

 

Our only right is to live a life

pleasing to God.

 

Help that brother who is down.

Help that brother with his attitude.

 

Being negative is not the answer.

Be positive.

 

James 4:11 Speak not evil one of

           another, brethren. He that

           speaketh evil of his brother,

           and judgeth his brother,

           speaketh evil of the law, and

           judgeth the law: but if thou

           judge the law, thou art not a

           doer of the law, but a judge.

          

 

Romans 15:1 We then that are strong

            ought to bear the

            infirmities of the weak, and

            not to please ourselves.

           

II. JUDGING OURSELVES

 

     We should judge ourselves.

 

1 Cor 11:31 For if we would judge

            ourselves, we should not be

            judged.

 

What will you find if you do a complete

self‑examination.

 

1. Bible study

2. Prayer life

3. Private devotion

4. Family devotion

5. Church Attendance

     1. absent

     2. Tardiness

     3. All services

     4. Helping others to be present

6. Witnessing

7. Testimony‑ (my character)

8. Sin in my life

9. My thought life

10. My association with the world

 

If we are not judging ourselves and sin

creeps in, then we can expect

chastening.

 

Heb 10:26‑27 26 For if we sin wilfully

             after that we have received

             the knowledge of the truth,

             there remaineth no more

             sacrifice for sins,

             27 But a certain fearful

             looking for of judgment and

             fiery indignation, which

             shall devour the

             adversaries.

 

III. JUSTICE

 

What is justice?

 

We think of justice as being the fair

dispensing of rewards for righteous and

punishment for wrong doing.

 

Therefore,  we all owe God death.

Justice could only take place for you if

you were placed in hell for eternity.

 

That is justice.

 

But God in his mercy delivered you for

the very flames of hell.

 

If He could have mercy on your rotten

soul, who are you to judge others

whether they be lost or saved?

 

We do not operate in a system of justice

but a system of mercy.

 

Then, our greatest attribute should be

that we are joyful.

 

Rejoicing in the Lord.

 

A christian should be the most positve

person in all the world.

 

We know the future.

 

 

Psalms 5:11 But let all those that put

            their trust in thee rejoice:

            let them ever shout for joy,

            because thou defendest them:

            let them also that love thy

            name be joyful in thee.

           

Psalms 9:14 That I may shew forth all

            thy praise in the gates of

            the daughter of Zion: I will

            rejoice in thy salvation.

           

Psalms 13:5 But I have trusted in thy

            mercy; my heart shall

            rejoice in thy salvation.

           

 

Prov 28:12 When righteous men do

           rejoice, there is great

           glory: but when the wicked

           rise, a man is hidden.

 

2 Cor 1:24 Not for that we have dominion

           over your faith, but are

           helpers of your joy: for by

           faith ye stand.

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