How often have you been accused of judging when you shared scripture? I share God’s Word because in the end my opinion and/or interpretation doesn’t matter. It comes down to what God has to say about sin in His Word. He is the Judge who sentences. Christians are the fruit inspectors who listen to the Holy Spirit as He bears witness to who is God’s children and who is in obedience to God’s Word. Being a fruit inspector has a principle of judging involved and we often see ripe and rotten fruit. However it is God who can take rotten and make it ripe. It is His to work with.
Loving like God loves means sharing the mind of Christ. This is found in God’s Word. Sure, I am an imperfect vessel. I have my sins to deal with just as we all do. When a Christian is being a contemporary, John The Baptist, and is the present-day ‘voice of one crying in the wilderness’ do as the scriptures teach. Make straight the path of repentance.
Was John the Baptist guilty of judging? Or was he proclaiming ‘thus saith the Lord?”
“For Herod himself had sent and had John arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, because he had married her. For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death and could not do so; for Herod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed; but he used to enjoy listening to him. A strategic day came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his lords and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee; and when the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you want and I will give it to you.” And he swore to her, “Whatever you ask of me, I will give it to you; up to half of my kingdom.” And she went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” Immediately she came in a hurry to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”” Mark 6:17-25 NASB
Was Nathan judging King David or proclaiming thus saith the Lord?
“Then the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said, “There were two men in one city, the one rich and the other poor. “The rich man had a great many flocks and herds. “But the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb Which he bought and nourished; And it grew up together with him and his children. It would eat of his bread and drink of his cup and lie in his bosom, And was like a daughter to him. “Now a traveler came to the rich man, And he was unwilling to take from his own flock or his own herd, To prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him; Rather he took the poor man’s ewe lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” Then David’s anger burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, surely the man who has done this deserves to die. He must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no compassion.” Nathan then said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘It is I who anointed you king over Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul.” 2 Samuel 12:1-7 NASB
One king rejected God’s Word while the other received God’s Word.
“This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” James 1:19-22 NASB
When a crisis of belief hits home, which response will you take? Reject or Receive God’s Word?
Until next time,