Judgement begins at Home
Self Examination :
Without self-examination there can be no righteous judgment. Failing to explore our own soul for wholeness will only lead to hypocrisy and partiality when we try to judge a situation and bring correction, it will not minister the wisdom that is from above.
(Matt. 7:5). “First remove the plank from your own eye.
” First before what?
First before what can be second- and this is what follows
“..then you will see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
Jesus desires for us to be able to remove the speck out of our brother’s eye,
but He demands that we * examine ourselves and purify our motives.
We must first remove any obstacles that would obstruct or pervert our vision
to see clearly to minister corrective restoration.
We must examine ourselves , and take corrective measures to prevent conditions like , unresolved anger, unhealthy needs for approval, or the instinct to control , from distorting or perverting or ability to administer justice.
Failing to explore our own soul for unwholeness will only lead to hypocrisy and partiality when we try to judge a situation and bring correction, it will not minister the wisdom that is from above.
Let us remove the planks of pride, arrogance, ignorance, contention (a quarrelsome spirit), insincerity, operating out of a wounded spirit and especially presumption (to speak or act without warrant, performing actions without authority).
Far too often we trespass into the lives of others , and cause insult and injury instead of healing and deliverance.
This is a serious problem in a lot of areas , but in this writing we will stay within the confines of professing Christians.
(I Cor. 2:15).“..he who is spiritual judges all things..”
(Gal. 6:1)“..if a man is overtaken in any trespass,
you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness,
considering yourself lest you also be tempted” .
This verse in Galatians shows us …
The right approach- spirit of gentleness;
The right motive- to restore.
This verse also reinforces the self-examination principle- considering yourself.
The NASB says “looking to” yourself.
The Greek word is #4648 ,,κο,,έώ, pronounced skopeo,
and means –
- to look toward,
- to contemplate ,
- to spy out.
Our zeal to help others MUSTnot lead us to trespass against others.
If the consequences of anothers actions do not affect me … I DO NOT have the right to impose or project myself into the affairs of anyone . This in my estimation is one of the most common sins in the life of professing Christians.
Overstepping our authority and responsibility to one another will be discussed in a separate article.
We must recognize when and when NOT to judge.
Having said all this , I want to emphasize the following :
We desperately need to rightly divide this passages of truth, and not with the human reasoning
that has led to such wrong understanding , resulting in a destructive lack of knowledge.
Righteous judgment is being restored to the church.
A religious spirit has deceived us for far too long into believing that we are not to judge.
Some ministers have pounded it into our heads from pulpits for so long,
that we all are real quick to pound someone else with it if they try to speak a word of correction to us,
“you’re judging me brother, judge not lest you be judged!”
It was Jesus Himself who said, “Judge not, that ye be not judged,”
but then we find Paul saying in I Cor. 5:3
“For I.. have already judged.. concerning him who has so done this deed.”
Was Paul being directly disobedient to the words of Jesus here?
But he would have been told that by the religious church today-
“Now Paul, you’re judging that man, judge not.”
Yes, Paul is judging and rightfully so! … Paul goes on to tell the Corinthian Church to deliver such a one to Satan and put away from yourselves that wicked person, and that they were to do it
in the name of Jesus and with the power of Jesus (I Cor. 5:4,5,13).
Then in verse 12,
Paul openly challenges them in an attempt to awaken them to righteous judgment,
“Do you not judge those who are inside?” I Cor. 5:12 in the T.E.V. reads like this-
“But should you not judge the members of your own fellowship?
The Anderson Greek N. T. – “But isn’t it true that you people must judge those in your own group?
It would seem as if we do have a contradiction here;
the instruction of Jesus in Matt. 7:1 vs. Paul’s actions in I Cor. 5:1-13.
Why is it, that when we know God is leading us to speak a word of correction into a situation that needs it
and we have already discerned the heart of the Father about it,
that the very words “judge not” shuts us down?
It’s because we have a wrong understanding of Matt. 7:1,
and ministers have beat the sheep with it for so long
that we now beat each other with it ourselves.
While we are not perfect (none of us are in this veil of flesh),
we should be pressing toward the mark of the prize of the high calling ,
unlike any who have replaced their responsibility of righteous judgement
with legalistic conformity, empty extremes, fleshly dominated cycles of behavior ,
or given way to adopting wholly or partially to apathy and compromise.
This living understanding, rightly dividing the word of truth,
sets us free to now obey both Scripture passages.
Let’s remove the controversy in our minds and the ignorant attempts to stop righteous judgment.
We are to obey Jesus’ instruction not to condemn lest we be condemned.
For with what condemnation we damn with to punish and avenge,
the same measure will be measured back to us.
We will reap what we sow. And at the same time, we must obey our responsibility to judge.
In fact, this life within us , experiences and prepares us to execute righteous judgment
on a much larger scale- one day we shall judge angels and the world (I Cor. 6:2-3).
Also consider this, Jesus went on to say in Matthew 7:15-16,
“Beware of false prophets… you will know them by their fruits.”
For us to be able to beware and know … calls for a judgment
which allows us to distinguish and produce a decision.
This truth can free you and destroy that false mind-set.
The entrance of His words give light.
The NAS says- The unfolding of Thy words gives light, It gives understanding to the simple.