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Life is delicate. The trend today is to foster a “judgment free zone”. To challenge someone and their actions is unpopular but necessary at times. This word Judgment in its true sense is often lost in translation.
It is easy to come to conclusions and react to what we understand and pass judgment quickly. We may say – I can’t believe they did that? I would never do that! Words that come to quick conclusions are often emotionally charged with a personal bias. Scripture warns not to pass judgment in Matthew 7:1–2 “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” There are always 3 sides to every story: Ours, Theirs and the Lords.
Righteous Judgment or Discernment is a fruit of wisdom. John 7:24 shows us not to be hijacked by that which we see or hear, but to take hold and interpret all things based on a kingdom principal. This is unbiased. It is truth that is on trial, not our interpretation of what we think is right or wrong. Presenting the TRUTH, wrapped in the heart of God, has life giving impact.
Here are some clarifying questions that help us widen our lens to see the big picture.
- Does this action line up with scripture?
- Does this action line up with the pattern that Jesus expressed?
- Is it my personal preference that is being defended or an absolute truth?
- How would we react in the same scenario?
- What spiritual warfare are they are under?
- Has there been repentance or not?
Equity of love
The value of loving someone where they are at has incomprehensible value. We can accept them without condoning what they do – this is an important strategy. Lines can be blurred here – throwing people “under the bus” can often backfire, we don’t know all the details or reasons for every action. Loves speaks to the heart – not the behavior. Paul warns in Romans 14:4 “Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.” Keep the lines of communication open and seek to restore the relationship based on the heart of Christ.
Spiritual Diplomacy – Approach is everything.
Galatians 6:1 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”
- Go in Low. No assumptions – Clarify the facts.
- Go in Slow. Pray, Pray, Pray and interpret evidence objectively.
- Go in the Spirits Flow. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. The ultimate objective is to restore.
No matter how weak truth looks, it is still truth – no matter how powerful falsehood looks, it is still false. Before we get on our soap box – let’s ask ourselves – to what end am I striving for? Is it to change the person to what I think they should be doing, or is it righteous judgment? Maybe the person won’t hear your argument at this time…. wait and the Lord will show you the right timing. Consequences have a way of tenderizing the heart.
I Samuel 24:12 May the LORD judge between me and you, may the LORD avenge me against you, but my hand shall not be against you.
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