Commentary By: Gordon King
I don’t know it all, never claimed to. Not one of us has all of the answers, nor should we claim to. We all were born into this world in sin. Not one of us is perfect, no not one! Yet there are those among us whose sole purpose seems to be judging others for what they believe is in err.
“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.“
If it is in our hearts to judge others, then we must be prepared to be judged ourselves!
“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.“
What good does it do a man if he only judges those for their wrong, yet offers no encouragement in its place? And if that man’s judgment is wrong, then how does this suffice for righteousness sake?
And if we believe that we have all the right answers and claim to know it all, then why is it that we need God? God is the only one who knows it all!
The world is full of deceit and wickedness, lies and untruths, making the world an even more difficult place to live in. Followers of Christ need encouragement and support from other believers. It is our place and our duty to encourage and build each other up, not tear each other down! And just because we think that we know more about scripture or the world than another, does this mean that we should speak up and judge another?
1 Thessalonians 5:11
“Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.“
I’m all for discussion about the scriptures, yet it must be done out of love not judgement and condemnation. If we are truthful and honest with ourselves, then we can agree to disagree peaceably, with love and kindness towards one another.
At many times we should just not say anything, but merely listen.
“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;“
“Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.”
As followers of Christ, we must know when to speak and know when to remain silent. Will the world continue on without our opinions and advice? I’m sure it will, just as it has for thousands of years!
What we all can and should be doing is encouraging one another, loving each other, and sharing God’s love with the world! How can you share God’s love with a person who is starving? But, if you feed him first then he can hear what you have to say! If a person is in pain and suffering, then you can share God’s love by showing it to them by listening, comforting, and loving them. If a person is naked and you clothe them, then they can see the goodness of God.
Believers in Jesus Christ are not perfect, just forgiven! We still make mistakes, and we still need encouragement from one another! I would argue that we need encouragement now more than ever, as the times are getting darker and the wickedness in the world is abounding!
One day we will die, unless we are raptured first, then we will be judged. This is what the bible tells us, we are all headed for judgment. Whether or not all of our sins will be revealed at this time is uncertain, however I do know that our good works done for the Lord will be rewarded. This in and of itself should be enough to help keep us on the right path.
Remember the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. If we adhere to the fruits of the Spirit, then we should remain on the right path, loving and encouraging one another, slow to speak, patient and kind towards each other.
God bless my friends! Maranatha!