Pastor's Corner ----- 1 Corinthians 6:1-7 ---- March 14, 2017
Here Paul is speaking to the church at Corinth on the subject of Judging. Paul is saying that believers are to settle their differences through Christ and not the court systems. In other words we are to settle it by the Word of God and not by the World.
As a believer, you have been saved by God’s grace, born again from above and adopted into the family of God. Therefore we should act as a child of God should act. Because one day, we all will give an account unto God for how we lived our lives, words we have spoken and how we have treated others.
Question many believers have today is, is there a place for judging as a Christian? Are we to judge others? If so, in what regards should we do this? (Matthew 7:1-2) “Judge not that ye be not judged….”
All of us have heard or made this statement at one time or another, “don’t judge me”. But the word “judge” here simply means to condemn. Jesus is talking about judging motives of others. You can’t judge my motives and I can’t judge your motives. To make this a little easier to understand, let’s translate this into the English language; “condemn not that ye be not condemned”. As believers we are not called to condemn others, but to evaluate them. (Matthew 7:20) “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
(2 Corinthians 6:17) “Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord. Touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you.”
Today’s society, being made up of many unbelievers and flesh pleasers, they are watching for others to slip up. Reason being, their personal lives are so stained in sin, they seek to get Gods glory light off their life and onto someone else’s life. They do this thinking that others will focus on the other person’s life and not the spiritual mess their life is in. I believe at some point all of us have been guilty of this very things. Dr. J. Vernon McGee, who God has used mightily over many years to preach the gospel, said it very true in this statement; “The only exercise some Christians get is jumping to conclusions and running others down.” Truth is, many of us are quick to jump to conclusions. We are quick to believe the worst about someone instead of looking for the best in that person. This happens even though we have seen this person’s character for many years, but when the smut comes out, we quickly forget their living testimony and believe the worst being said. This aien’t what Christians are called to do.
Christians are to evaluate the things of life every day to ensure that it lines up with Gods word and that it is spiritually profitable for us. You could say, we make judgments for our life on a daily basis. Our call is not to condemn, but to restore our brethren (Galatians 6:1).
So, if you are evaluating a persons to see if they are a believer, by their fruits. Then that persons makes the statement “don’t the Bible say you aien’t supposed to judge?” Your answer should be, yes. But you don’t have the understanding that Jesus is teaching in that passage. Explain to them you are not condemning them, but just inspecting their fruit in obedience to Christ.
Remember believer, if you are guilty of judging, condemning or finding fault. You have sinned against God and have broken fellowship with Him. If you are condemning others just to get the glory light of God off of your life, there is only one way to truly get this right. (1 John 1:9)
Here is a warning from God about your judging or evaluating people in the wrong way. For called men of God or Pastors (1 Timothy 5:17). For believers, children of God (Psalm 105:15). The importance of this warning on judging or condemning, is because when we do this to the people of God, we are doing the same to God (Matthew 25:40). I encourage you to search your life to see if this sin is lying dormant in your life. Remember with any sin in your life, you are out of fellowship with God (Galatians 5:9).
Hope this might help you to find the little leaven in your life that you might confess it and get the joy of the Lord back into your life.
Preacher Hank and Mrs. Wendy