Posted by: SandreS | December 16, 2009

Quick to Judge

But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment, yea I judge not my own self. For I know nothing of myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but He Who judges me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, Who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that you might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another. For who makes you to differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you received it, why do you glory, as if you had not received it? (I Corinthians 4:3-7).

We are often quick to judge our brothers; to judge the circumstances of their lives, to judge their actions, to judge their motives – and all the while taking on the role of our Father.

With me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment

Paul was not moved by the judgment of others concerning himself. Their presumption upon his life and his motives were of no weight to Paul. In fact, he had learned to count it “a very small thing.”

I judge not my own self

Neither did Paul judge his own self – analyzing his own heart and spirit for judgment. He left it all with the Lord!

Judge nothing before the time.

There is a time and place for judgment. Herein lies the answer to the carnality of the Corinthians, and our own as well: allowing God to be God. Otherwise, we end up being on “sides” for and against each other – condemning one another. “In Christ,” there are no “sides.” “In Christ” we are freed from “sides.”

Christ is the reality, not what we think we “see” or “judge.” When we take our eyes off of the Lord – off of who we are “in Him,” off of who others are “in Him” – we inevitably end up biting and devouring one another.

For, brothers, you have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you be not consumed one of another. This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh (Galatians 5:14-15).

The “lusts of the flesh” that lead us to “bite and devour” each other is often does in the pretense of spirituality; but as we “walk in the Spirit” we will “by love serve one another” – not being “desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another” (Galatians 5:26).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2000

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