29 August 2022
The world is quick to judge things on initial outward appearances. Many times the news media and the world have been quick to express outrage at awful crimes that later turned out to be fabricated by the purported victim. At the same time they often take the words of Jesus cautioning us about hypocrisy out of context as if to mean we should never exercise any judgement. Many believers have bought into this lie. However, Jesus instructed us to exercise righteous judgement. We should be slow to speak when expressing judgement, and take time to get all the necessary facts rather than rushing to judgement as soon as some of the facts fit our understanding of the rules. As believers it is important for us to learn to use discernment and judge matters righteously. Paul tells us that ultimately we believers alongside Jesus will judge the world, and even the angels. This means it is vital for us to learn God's character so that we can begin to see things from His perspective. It is only when we share God's perspective on things that we can truly judge them with righteous judgement as Jesus instructs.
Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.— John 7:24 (NKJV)