Food for ThoughtJohn 7:24 Judge
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John 7:24 New King James Version

24. Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.Ē

As human beings who rely on our sight to navigate the world, we use our physical eyes and ears to judge or form an opinion of what we are witnessing.  But in doing this regularly and with every situation, we run into the error of judging incorrectly. There is an old saying. ďThereís more than meets the eyeĒ.  What this means is that there is something we are not detecting in what we are seeing and something we donít know, may lie beneath.

Sometimes what people are acting out is not what is really going on internally.

Look at the Pharisees; they were very religious and appeared righteous and above reproach and yet Jesus rebuked them, discerning that their acts were self righteous and did not have Godís righteousness.

They presented themselves as good people with exemplary motives and a desire for holiness, but that was not the truth.

Jesus confronted their self seeking and deceptive hidden agendas.

Matthew 12:34  (NKJV)  

34. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

We look at people or situations with our physical sight then make a flawed judgment according to what we see.  Our judgment is our opinion and not necessarily an accurate representation of the full understanding of something.  But Godís judgement is always right and in order to have righteous judgement it must come out of a righteous heart.  When we become Christians we are automatically positioned in the righteousness of God. He gives us this as a gift. We canít earn it.  But in order to speak out of that heart, we have to operate in it. Most of us still have things in the way that keeps our heart from fully opening so that Godís fullness emerges.

As Spirit filled believers, we must operate in discernment.  I looked up discernment and this is what it says. (dis∑cern∑ment - the ability to judge well. (in Christian contexts) perception in the absence of judgment with a view to obtaining spiritual direction and understanding.   

In the context of discernment, judgement is not wrapped up in emotion or a personal agenda.  It is an objective and self removed view of the matter.

When Jesus confronted the Pharisees, it was about showing them their evil ways so that they would change and run back to God, but they refused and chose to side with Satan.

Challenge:  Our judgements must be a fair assessment of what is going on. We must remember that we will not always have the full picture.  The only way to have a true judgment on something or about someone is when it is Godís judgment through us.

God bless

Marni

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