Thursday, November 19, 2009

Measure of Judgment

1 Corinthians 4: 1 – 4

Again, I hope you will take the time to read this whole passage. It is so valuable and such a reminder about judging others or being judged!

Paul shares that he is a servant of Christ who is to explain God's mysteries to others and that a person in charge must be faithful. He goes on to explain in verse 3 the following ~ As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority. I don't even trust my own judgment on this point. My conscience is clear, but that doesn't prove I'm right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide.

When you read the scripture above what goes through your mind? I had to admit after self examination that I have a way to go in this area. I have grown, but have much more growing to do when it states it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you….Why I can't seem to get past the point that everybody isn't going to like me or judge me unfairly is hard to explain. I intend to handle this better by giving it to God after all I will never be able to make it okay anyway…it tells us It is the Lord himself that will decide. So we need to let it go!

I read the following story about judging another and thought how appropriate..

In his little book Illustrations of Bible Truth, H.A. Ironside pointed out the folly of judging others. He related an incident in the life of a man called Bishop Potter. "He was sailing for Europe on one of the great transatlantic ocean liners. When he went on board, he found that another passenger was to share the cabin with him. After going to see the accommodations, he came up to the purser's desk and inquired if he could leave his gold watch and other valuables in the ship's safe. He explained that ordinarily he never availed himself of that privilege, but he had been to his cabin and had met the man who was to occupy the other berth. Judging from his appearance, he was afraid that he might not be a very trustworthy person. The purser accepted the responsibility for the valuables and remarked, 'It's all right, bishop, I'll be very glad to take care of them for you. The other man has been up here and left his for the same reason!'" Our Daily Bread.

We (or at least some of us) think we are above it, don't we? Well, we might need to take a better look at ourselves and take Paul's words of wisdom to heart!

Sweet blessings,


1 comment:

Frankie said...

Debbie, that is some tough Scripture to take in today. The little story you shared is funny about how we judge one another.

Taking a look at myself today!