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Stepping Stones: How Should We “Judge” One Another?

Stepping Stones: How Should We “Judge” One Another?
June 3, 2010 Lighthouse Network

Transformational Tip

Yesterday, we opened up the topic of Judging others. We saw how we are called not to judge and called to judge. The main element was looking at the heart, of both the judger and the judged.

And what right do we have to condemn others? We are not perfect. Jesus made this clear to the crowd condemning the woman caught in adultery (John 8:3-9). They were clamoring to stone her, but Jesus asked, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” One by one, her accusers disappeared.

But in the Bible, we are called as parents to correct our children…to pick elders and church leaders with certain character…to vote for Godly leaders…to be a third party helping settle a dispute between two brothers. So again, the permission to judge rests in the motivation engine in our heart that drives our judging the other person.

If our motivation is to condemn, shame, mock, belittle them…or exalt ourselves, then obviously, this is not the kind of peer judging God calls us to.

Our motivation needs to be one of compassion, love, service, and encouragement. Trying to help someone avoid the perils of reaping the fruit of the flesh that their continued wrong behavior will produce. Being a vehicle or mouthpiece of God and trying to direct them to God and His Word.

Another element is how we approach the behavior in question. Since we don’t know the motivation, we need to ask them questions. Help them recognize the misconduct and start to help them search their heart for the motivations, fears, issues, me-centered process that led to the wrong behavior. We also want them to know the forgiveness God has and how He wants to receive them back

Today, if God has put you in special positions to speak into others lives, do it with love and with the motivations as described above. You can be a great catalyst in their spiritual walk…or a major stumbling block…depending on where your heart is as you handle this assignment from and for God.
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Prayer
Dear Father God, I know I am sometimes quick to judge…and to condemn. Please forgive me. Help me to really see how you want to partner with me in ministry and have put people in my life for me to “judge”. Help me recognize the seriousness of this responsibility and guard my heart from my flesh and Satan. I pray this and all prayers in the name of the One slow to judge, always a servant, and quick to forgive, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!

The Truth
The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.
John 8:3-9

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