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Topic: Where Angels Fear to Tread (not about the book) (09/08/11)
TITLE: Where Man Fears Not to Tread
By Sharon Gault Baker
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There is one area, however, that some of us are not afraid to tread – judging others. Ouch. A lot of toes will most likely be stepped on with these words (including the author), but it is important that we as Christians understand God’s view about judging others. The Bible teaches us how we should properly judge others. There are many scriptures that give guidance in this area. “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” (Matt. 7:1 KJV). This scripture is probably the most well-known and the most likely to be taken out of context. We use this verse as the reason we do not have the right to judge others. When Jesus spoke these words, it was not the “end of discussion” regarding judging. If He intended for us to never make any judgments, it would difficult for us to make a decision about anything. This passage does not stop at verse one. It continues through verse six and the entire passage is telling us that before we make any judgments of others, we need to make certain that our own motives are pure. Most often this is not the case. “And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, ‘Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.’” (John 8:7 ESV). We make judgments out of anger, fear; and, last but not least, we judge someone without having all of the facts. In other words, we are not able to see the big picture. So, our judgment is based on the small picture, which not only makes our judgment incorrect but makes us a small person.
We as Christians should have compassion and seek to forgive instead of being carelessly judgmental. Be encouraging and seek to correct inappropriate behavior. When it comes to being Biblically correct in our judging, it is important that we be cautious, wise and loving. We should not be hasty or imperfect in making judgments. We often fall short of “hating the sin, but loving the sinner.” If we are going to judge, then we must also forgive. It is a difficult thing to forgive, but it is a necessary thing.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:17 ESV). If God’s intention was to sit on his throne to see how many and what kind of mistakes we were going to make on a daily basis, He would never have sent Jesus to the cross.
Forgiving is always better than holding on to anger and being unnecessarily and unbiblically judgmental. Remember: It is always easier to run someone else’s life than it is your own.
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