>Judging Right and Judging Wrong

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Without opening the whole debate, it amazes me how many people know, sort of, one Bible verse – “take a little wine for your stomach’s sake” and try to justify their use of beverage alcohol on this very out of context verse.

But there is another verse that is well-known by many, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” Of course, read in context, Matthew 7.1-5 which begins with that well-cited quote, declares that the way in which we judge others will set the standard for how we are judged. (7.2, “For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.”)

We must judge. Hopefully all of us over 18 are carefully judging presidential and other candidates. But if we judge from an attitude of trying to prove our point, to put someone down, to appear superior; we are judging with “wrong motives.”

If we are judging (and, reminder, we begin by judging ourselves) for His good, for the good of the kingdom, for the good of people, we are judging correctly. John 7.24 records Jesus as saying, “…but judge with right judgment.”

How do we know if we are judging “rightly”?

My take – if it hurts us to judge; we are probably okay, but if we enjoy the judging, we are probably way off base.

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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