Scriptures Referenced Day 5: Psalm 145:3, 5-6; Ephesians 3:20; Jeremiah 32:17; Exodus 15:11; Hebrews 1:3; Jeremiah 32:27; 10:6-7; Daniel 5:23d; Isaiah 46:4; Hebrews 13:5
Scriptures Referenced Day 6: Psalm 99:3, 9; Daniel 4:37; Romans 14:12; Deuteronomy 32:4; Isaiah 2:10-12; Romans 12:19; Hebrews 6:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10; Romans 8:18; Isaiah 9:6-7; Daniel 4:34; Hebrews 12:28; 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 19:6; 1:6
In Day 6 there is a line which reads:
“I magnify You, my God, for Your absolute purity, holiness, and justice, as the Judge to whom all people must give account.”
It’s based off of Romans 14:12.
And so each of us shall give an account of himself [give an answer in reference to judgment] to God.
EACH of us – I am a part of the ‘each.’ YOU are a part of the ‘each.’ We think when we accept Jesus into our hearts that we’ve made it. But Jesus isn’t the end of a story, he’s the beginning of one. EACH one of us is going to stand before God and give an account. Here, Paul is tell us we will give an account of how we have judged others.
Think you are doing good in this area? Are you one sitting there saying, “I don’t judge anyone.” “The Bible says not to judge, I would never.” Question is, do you know what the Bible means by judging?
First, let’s establish that the Bible does tell us to admonish other believers. I’m not going into those scriptures here today, but look up admonishment. This basically means we can determine by someone’s action whether they truly are a disciple of Christ (know them by their fruits). It also means we can correct someone when we see them living contrary to areas the Bible is clear and explicit about and we can confront fellow Christians (not non-believers) about those actions (go to your brother). Many times, we cross the line the Bible seems to have drawn. Let’s look at the word judge used in this particular chapter. Thayer and Strong’s define judge with these definitions:
to separate, put asunder, to pick out, select, choose, to be of opinion, deem, think, to be of opinion; to determine, resolve, decree; to judge; to pronounce an opinion concerning right and wrong; to pronounce judgment, to subject to censure; call in question, sentence to, think.
Can you really say you do not judge anyone? I didn’t think so. Again, Paul isn’t telling us we shouldn’t address sin in someone’s life. But he is saying, if God didn’t give an opinion on it, maybe you should keep yours to yourself as well. Is someone living in sexual immorality? God gave an opinion on it. Is someone stealing? God gave an opinion on it. God gave his opinion on many things, and if we are using God’s opinion about something, then WE really aren’t making a judgement, we are sharing God’s opinion.
But there are many times we share opinion’s which are strictly our own. Do we sit down or stand up to pray? Do we sing contemporary or old time hymns? Do we worship before or after a sermon? Do we hold worship service in a chuch, tent, or school building? Where do we live, play, work? When do we sleep, play, or work? How many hours a week do we sleep, play, word? Should I have red, black, purple, or orange hair? Should I have short, medium or long hair? God really hasn’t given a definitive opinion on such things. Can He? Yes, he may speak to you directly and tell you to move to Alaska but he might tell me to move to Florida. How can I make a judgement on your decision to move to Alaska or you my decision to move to Florida?
Every time we give our two cents on decisions like these, we stand the chance of being held accountable before God for those judgements. We should seek God earnestly before we speak into someone else’s life about things God has not already given an opinion on. Look at the next several versus 17-19:
[After all] the kingdom of God is not a matter of [getting the] food and drink [one likes], but instead it is righteousness (that state which makes a person acceptable to God) and [heart] peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. He who serves Christ in this way is acceptable and pleasing to God and is approved by men. So let us then definitely aim for and eagerly pursue what makes for harmony and for mutual upbuilding (edification and development) of one another.
It’s not about the other person, it’s about YOU, and YOUR righteousness and YOUR heart. We will not give account for decisions other’s make, opinion’s other’s have, but only for our own. I am responsible for me, you are responsible for you. But we all should be seeking after, pursuing, harmony and mutual upbuilding of one another.
If the Word of God doesn’t say it, then we shouldn’t either. This is when 2 Timothy 3:16-17 comes in:
Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. ]
If you want to instruct, reproof, convict, correct, discipline, or train – better to use the Word of God than your own words.
Whose words have you been using? I think the Message version of Romans 14:10-12 will end this devotion the best … this might sting a bit:
So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. Eventually, we’re all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God. Your critical and condescending ways aren’t going to improve your position there one bit. Read it for yourself in Scripture:
“As I live and breathe,” God says,
“every knee will bow before me;
Every tongue will tell the honest truth
that I and only I am God.”
So tend to your knitting. You’ve got your hands full just taking care of your own life before God.