Do Not Judge One Another
"Let us not, therefore, judge one another anymore."
A great deal of judging goes on, doesn't it. Sometimes
it's hard to know what is judgmental and what is spiritual-
ILL. Dr. Vance Havener says that Amos the prophet was a
fruit pincher. "By their fruits shall ye know them." And
after looking at God's peoples lives, Amos said in 4:12;
"Prepare to meet thy God." He didn't go up to Bethel to
make their preaching acceptable; he went up to make it available.
He didn't go up to make them like it; he went up to see that
they got it.
ILL. Someone said to ole Billy Sunday one time, "You're rubbing
the fur the wrong way. You're preaching too hard." He said,
"No, I'm not - let the cat turn around. When the cat's headed
in the right direction, you're stroking the cat. It's just
when the cat's headed in the wrong direction that the sparks
Now what does the Bible mean when it says: "Judge not one
I wonder sometimes if judging one another as brothers and
sisters in the Lord is not the chief indoor sport of many of
God's people. Paul laid down some important guidelines for
Us in Romans if we’re going to be the kind of Christians
who care and the kind of Christians who touch a lost world.
I. WE MUST HAVE DISCERNMENT
Christian love is not blind. Paul prayed for the
Philippians in Phil. 1:9-11:1:
"An this is my prayer, that your love may
abound more and more in knowledge and depth of
insight, so that you may be able to discern what
is best and may be pure and blameless until the
day of Christ, filled with the fruit of
righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ - to
the glory and the praise of God.”
His prayer was that they might have discernment -
loving discernment - careful discernment - gracious
discernment. Christians have to exercise
discernment. We don’t walk around with ou ...
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