To Judge or Not to Judge, What Does the bible Really Say?

Matthew 7

Do Not Judge
 1 “Judge not, that you be not judged.

Everyone loves to quote this verse.  Esp, if they are doing something wrong and do not want you interfering  in "their" business.  So how do we know when to apply the teaching of Jesus Christ in lives?  And what about this verse?

1 Corinthians 6:2-5

New King James Version (NKJV)
2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? 4 If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? 5 I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?

We are not to Judge the people of world according to the word of God, BUT we are to JUDGE among the Believers,(in the church) (church being a body of believers) being accountable to each other according to His Word.  There is one ultimate Judge and that is God alone.  

Hebrews 10:30

New King James Version (NKJV)
around us.  Study
30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”[a]says the Lord.[b] And again, “The LORD will judge His people.”[c]

Many believers have family members and close friends that do not believe or follow any of the ways of God.  So what are they to do?  Cut them off, think they are so full of sin that we cannot associate with them?  NO!  You, as a called out follower of Christ are the ones that should be showing Godly Love and compassion to them.  How can they learn the love of God except you show them.  I say SHOW not PREACH to them.  We are all broken humans upon this earth.  Hurts and burdens that for the most part only God can completely heal. In His Timing not ours.  

Until God decides to heal, we are to show compassion and love to all those

not yet called.  But inside the church, we can go to the leaders and call to account if one of our brothers in Christ sins against us.

The rule is to first try to work out the problem just between them and you.  If that does not work, take a elder or witness and try to work it out.  See Matthew 18:15-20

Let me also say this, IF you have a family member that is clearly violent, or abusing drugs etc, and this action hurts you or temps you to sin, you must distance yourself from this person until they have changed their behavior for good.  You will not know this for many months or even years.

You must not put your own salvation at risk.  RUN from anything that prevents you from growing in Godly character.  

Sometimes we mistakenly think that we must "show Love" to all sinners even when these same sinners are destroying us.  

For example, a woman who's a believer and is being beaten by her husband.  She is NOT expected to remain with that husband.

Or a son / daughter that constantly   takes drugs and gets violent or steals from the family.  These are cases where tough love must intervene and they must be  
sent away from the family for as long as it takes.

Judge wisely.  Study this week on the examples of the apostles and Jesus.  We are here to learn, and to show love to others but with wisdom.  

God bless and Care for you as you walk in faith believing and trusting in the Only ONE who can .

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