Posted by: missionventureministries | October 15, 2013

JUDGING VERSUS WARNING – MATTHEW 7:1 VS EZEKIEL 3:1-9

You are not the Judge - Matthew 7 vs 1

When we look at what Jesus said regarding judging others the answer is: “Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:1)

Many Christians are very critical, but spiritually we do not accomplish anything by it. Criticism disheartens the one being criticized. The only one allowed to criticize is God through the Holy Spirit and only He can show us what is wrong without wounding us.

It is impossible to enter into fellowship with God when we are in a critical mood. Criticism serves to make us harsh, vindictive, and cruel, and leaves us with the idea that we are somehow better than others.

If we are Jesus’ disciples we should work towards a nature that is never critical. This is something that will not happen quickly and must be developed over a period of time. We must never think that we are superior to others.

Things that we see wrong in others are probably things that God sees wrong in us. Jesus’ words are: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:3-5)

Every time we judge, we condemn ourselves. Paul writes “Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and brag about your relationship to God; if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law; if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who brag about the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” (Romans 2:17-24)

We need to stop having a measuring stick for other people. There is always a fact, which we have no idea about in every person’s situation.

On the other hand, we are supposed to warn people. We are to discern

Ezekiel 33 vs 1-9

evil, so that we don’t fall into its trap; and to help our loved ones not to fall into it also, this makes us watchmen. The message that God gave to Ezekiel, one that He repeated twice, describes this awesome responsibility.

God tells Ezekiel, whom He calls son of man, beginning at Ezekiel 33:7, “Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth, and give them warning from Me.

Each and every one of us, as a born again Christian, has heard the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to us, helping us to discern what is right and what is wrong. This is no different from what is happening here. God continues, “when I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand. (Ezekiel 33:8)

Here is where the awesome responsibility comes into play. When we know that someone is doing something that they are not to do, and we don’t say something to them, we, in essence, are going along with their sin, and the responsibility for their blood, or soul, is upon us.

“But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your life. (Ezekiel 33:9)

We are indeed responsible for each other. We are to watch out for each other, and warn each other of danger, so that we each live a godly life. But if we tell someone the truth, and they don’t listen, then, according to God’s word, it becomes their own responsibility.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: