Kingdom Protocols | When we judge
What should we do with our internal deliberation regarding the faults of those around us? Our inner jury needs rest. Jesus asks us to dismiss the jury, adopt a better standard, and encourage others toward God, their Father.
Our internal jury. Nobody likes to be judged, and we certainly don’t like to think that we are passing judgment. But, we make judgments all the time and we make them for good reasons. Are you dangerous? Should I fear you? Are you like me? There is an inner jury in session every waking moment. So the problem is not, “Am I passing judgment? The question is why and what can be done about it?
Luke 6:37-38 (NLT) “Don’t judge others and you won’t be judged. Do not condemn others, otherwise everything will turn against you. Forgive others and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will be returned to you in full…
The judgment is based on a standard
We have a lot of work to do. According to Jesus, we have some newspapers treat. Isn’t it strange that we can clearly see the faults of others but are blind to our own faults? We have blind spots. We have blind spots that we don’t care to see.
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Kingdom Standards. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, parables and examples are examples of the Kingdom. So many people wish to make Jesus conservative or liberal. He was neither. He was, is, and forever will be King of kings and Lord of lords. He did not come to establish peace, he came to take power. His kingdom is conquering the world, no matter what the news reports.
His kingdom is our heritage and our citizenship. We are here to live according to its laws, its customs and its power. The Kingdom is the norm and by that norm we all struggle.
2 Corinthians 10:12 (NLT) Oh, don’t worry; we wouldn’t dare say we’re as wonderful as those other men who tell you how important they are! But they’re just comparing themselves to each other, using themselves as a yardstick. What ignorance!
Judgment is better when applied to me
The standard of me. I am not the norm. Being like me isn’t necessary for anything, really. What I would wear or say or do is not a standard of anything.
What do you give? Notice how Jesus combines judgment, condemnation and forgiveness with giving. It essentially asks the question, “What are you giving?” »
Have you ever needed a gift for something? What if we started our day, our week, or even our Sunday by looking for a gift? A gift that expected nothing in return. We have our opinions and so many judgments, but what if we gave something else?
Instead of an appraisal, how about a blessing or gratitude instead? We could give affirmation and appreciation. How would your day change if it began with the prayer, “Father, what would you like me to give you today?
1 Peter 2:11 (NLT) Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and aliens” to steer clear of worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.
These sins and desires destroy our person. Even if, especially if, it doesn’t seem like there’s anything wrong. Loss of sensitivity is often a sign of a deep infection. If it’s your soul that’s infected, what will you do?
James 1:25 (NLT) But if you look carefully at the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and remember what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
The Word and the Spirit. What do we have to do? We need to examine the scriptures. We have to listen and we have to make new choices based on better information. When you listen, read the Bible, or hear messages and testimonies, respond. Don’t just look away. Don’t ignore them. Take it into account and make new choices.
2 Corinthians 7:10 (NLT) For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There is no regret for this kind of grief. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.
Confession, repentance and freedom! There is NO PLACE for guilt and shame. There is only time for confession, repentance and freedom. Confession agrees with God. Repentance is changing your mind about it. A change in mindset leads to a change in behavior and practice. Repentance is learning a new way to live. A better way.
Hebrews 10:24 (NLT) Let’s think about ways to motivate each other to do acts of love and good works.
Judgment is beneficial when it gives courage
How can we help each other be better? We know we have blind spots. We are often overwhelmed. What can we do? Sometimes it’s easier to fight for a friend than for yourself. I could go to war for YOU in prayer. You probably have no idea how often that makes an incredible difference. I could pray for you. I can also pray with you.
How to turn concerns into encouragement? We’re not supposed to walk away from each other and say, “It’s not my problem, I don’t want to judge.” It’s avoidance, it’s not what Jesus taught. Remember what he said to Peter and the others. “Satan wants to sift you, but I prayed for you. Peter, you will fail, but I will restore you.
We can turn concern into courage. We can fight for each other. We can see each other. We can notice. We can bless, thank and help. If I see a problem with someone, it may not be for me to fix or fix it. (Although it may be). There is always time to give them courage.
Change your standard and dismiss the jury
you have enough problems. Policing others isn’t really part of your job description. Watching yourself and keeping your own heart clean and tender toward God is a full-time job.
We all need grace and courage. We can always give courage.