Thou Who Judges Another…
Judge not, that ye be not judged. (Matthew 7:1)
I realize the Biblical command, “Judge not, that ye be not judged,” brings forth a plethora of feelings, emotions, beliefs, and opinions. Yet we, as Christians, can put our Trust into the Great Judge, Jesus Christ, our God and Creator.
Nevertheless, as Christians, we are not to turn a blinded eye to “sin,” “sinful behaviors,” or “acts of sin.” God commands us to “be ye separated” and to “come out from among them.” II Corinthians 6:17 says, “Wherefore come out from among them (the lost dying, unbelieving world), and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you unto myself.” Meaning to separate ourselves from those who choose to live unrighteous, ungodly lives and to not live among them or do as they do. As a rather popular saying goes, “Love the sinner but hate the sin.”
We are to love the sinner who commits sin and transgress against God, but we are to hate the ungodly and unrighteous acts they commit. Sin breaks the heart of God; so much so that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die for the transgression of our sins…(John 3:16). It was the only way that mankind could be reconciled back to a Holy and Righteous God. I don’t believe that God wants the souls that He purchased with His own blood to return to the unrighteous acts of conduct they were in before they accepted his complete works on the Cross at Calvary; known as Salvation. After we receive Christ into our hearts, we are “new” creatures; old things pass away, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Corinthians 5:17).
However, what about hurtful actions that Christians commit one against another? How are we to deal and handle such incidents? The Bible is very clear on this matter….”Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”(Matthew 6:12). The Apostle Peter actually asked Jesus this question, “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? (Matthew 18:21)…And, this is what our Lord answered, “And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him” (Luke 17:4).
One manner of behavior that depicts our new-birth in Christ Jesus is a Spirit of Forgiveness and Reconciliation towards our brothers and sisters in Christ. As Christians, we know that we are not perfect and that we have been “bought with the price” of our Savior’s life, death, burial, and resurrection.
An unwillingness to forgive and be reconciled unto a brother or sister in Christ is a sign of “Rebellion” which is called “witchcraft” in the Bible. A brother or sister who is in bondage to unforgivness must recognize this condition and seek the Lord for deliverance. A study in the books of I, II, and III John will show that when we walk with the Lord and in the Lord that we cannot hold grudges or ought against our fellow believers. This also means that we cannot develop an attitude of “indifference” saying that we simply don’t let “it” bother us because we have “moved on.” This is not obedience unto the Lord regarding reconciliation and peace. Anyone who lives with ought, resentment, malice, meanness, indifference, or unforgiveness in their heart against another believer is seriously in danger of Judgment from the Lord himself.
Today, you may be at odds with a fellow believer. If so, I encourage you to seek God, pray, and be ye reconciled as soon as possible. The Bible clearly outlines a process to which you can follow in seeking reconciliation with a brother or sister in Christ. It is found in Matthew, chapter 18. In the mean time, ask the Lord to forgive you for not forgiving those who have upset, offended, or transgressed against you. The big picture is to protect your own heart in obedience unto the Lord and let the Lord do the rest…
This is serious business in the Family of God; one not to be taken lightly. May the Prince of Peace rule supreme in our hearts and lives.
Remember, God Loves You (And, we are to love our fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord.)
Lin T Rollins, Author