Stop Passing Judgment on One Another

Daily God Walk for Thursday, June 9, 2011

Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.      – Romans 14:13

 Jesus said, “Do not judge or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Matthew 7:1-2). That passage has been the topic of a lot of conversations.

I’ve heard people say when confronted with a sin in their life, “Jesus said not to judge.” Yes, Jesus did say not to judge, but he also said that we are to be fruit inspectors. In another place he said, “You will know them by their fruit.” And so the discussion about judging goes on.

But, what is the message of not judging? Does that mean we are to ignore sin or error in others? Paul is not talking about dealing with a person who has sin in their life; he shows his attitude toward the sin of believers in numerous places. So then, what is he saying?

He gives some clarity to his meaning when he writes, “Make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.” If someone has issues minister to them out of grace rather anger or harshness.

I have a friend who has some problems relating to others in a healthy way, particular people in leadership. This person can be stubborn and sometimes belligerent. However, this person is a dedicated worker. A leader who didn’t want to deal with the issues just wrote this person a letter excommunicating them from the church. That person has not gone to church since.

In Galatians 6 Paul writes, “If someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.” That seems is the message of our passage today. We must be careful so that our judgment of the situation doesn’t cause another to stumble. We should also keep in mind that judging others is a boomerang. The way we judge others will be the way we are judged.

 Prayer: Lord, give me a heart to nourish and encourage others rather than judge them. In Jesus name, amen.

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