While on a walk one day, I was surprised to see a man hoeing his garden while sitting in a chair.
“What laziness!” I thought. But suddenly I saw, leaning against his chair, a pair of crutches. The man was at work despite his handicap.
The lesson I learned about snap judgments that day has stayed with me for years now: the crosses people bear are seldom in plain sight.
Things are not always what they appear to be. however, some things are; be sure of your judgment if you judge.
1 Cor 10:15 “I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.”
1 Cor 6:5 “I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?”
1 Cor 6:4 “If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.”
1 Cor 6:3 “Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?”
1 Cor 6:2 “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?”
1 Cor 5:13 “But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.” (we can determine wicked people)
1 Cor 5:12 “For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?”
1 Cor 2:15 “But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.”
It’s alright to judge. Do we not have judges who judge crime or innocence? Of course. Yet as Christians, we must make sure our judgment is true and not influenced by ourselves, nor false information, ungodly people or rumor. We have to answer to God for our poor judgments. There are some who would quote (Matthew 7 ) Mt 7:1 “Judge not, that ye be not Judged.” However, we can judge. There are rights and wrong; there are absolutes in the Word of God (Bible); amen or oh me?
And we must not condemn someone of a wrong when we ourselves are guilty of the same (ref. Rom. 2:1)
…..a warning is given when we, or before we do judge. The only people who wish you not to judge them in an error are those who are caught in their sin. They are those who call their evil, even defend their evil against that which is good. Lk 12:57 “Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?” Be not such as they > Isaiah 5:20 “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
Num. 32:23 “But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.”
Rom 2:1 “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.”
In this lesson, this man misjudged a man who was handicap. Surely he has regret. He judged….poorly! He may be held accountable for in his or (her) words shall be taken into account (Mt 12:36 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”)