Saturday, September 6, 2014

What's the Deal with Judging

In our society today it's getting really annoying when you confront someone with the truth and automatically your told that you can't judge people. True. We shouldn't judge people. But, if you are telling them that they are doing something wrong to try to help them, that's not judging.

If your brother is committing a sin, Jesus tells us that we have the duty to tell him, so that they might change their ways. This is not judging. In Ezekiel 33: 7-9 is says,

"If I tell the wicked, “O wicked one, you shall surely die, ”

and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his way,
the wicked shall die for his guilt,
but I will hold you responsible for his death.
But if you warn the wicked,
trying to turn him from his way,
and he refuses to turn from his way,
he shall die for his guilt,
but you shall save yourself.

Jesus also tells us in Matthew 18: 15-20,

“If your brother sins against you,
go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. 
If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.
If he does not listen,
take one or two others along with you,
so that ‘every fact may be established
on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’
If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. 
If he refuses to listen even to the church,
then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.

We must tell others of their faults in a stern but loving way, hoping that they might change their ways. We must speak up for the sake of your own neighbor. I know if I am sinning and I don't know, or don't want to believe that I am, I hope someone tells me because it's a wake up call that I'm off the path Jesus wants me. I hope you feel the same way.

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